Monday, April 2, 2012

Everyone Loves Peeps, Easter Infographics & More

Source: DegreeSearch
Sometimes as we approach spring break we can barely keep our students engaged, because they know a vacation is just around the corner. That's why we've tried to keep a line of infographics in our toolkits for just that reason. Our holiday infographics have proven to be a great way to distract kids from checking out of learning. In fact, they now look forward to these visualizations, with their colorful presentations of data, images and facts. Infographics and creative ways to view Peeps, bunnies, and chocolate candy all add to the enjoyment.

Source: DegreeSearch
The Ten Fun Facts About Peeps and Easter by the Numbers infographics from DegreeSearch easily connect to math lessons, but could just as well make great writing prompts in a language arts class. Students could take their own surveys or polls, too. Another good infographic to use is Easter Facts, designed by Yang Li at Chillisauce, Ltd., with its clear arrangement of data, graphs, and charts. For other interesting tidbits with a lot of math ideas built in, take a look at Easter Fun Facts: 700 Million Peeps to Be Eaten on Easter. Use this information to have students predict what they think might be the outcome.

We would be remiss if we did not include the Washington Post's annual "Peeps Show." To talk about ingenuity in designing information is an understatement when you look at how Peeps are used to create content. This annual event uses marshmallow treats to interpret politics, pop culture and more.

Source: Washington Post
Guaranteed to be a hit with kids, these amazing dioramas are vignettes into history and current events with a sense of humor. Take a look at the 2012 finalists from Occupeep DC to Creating a Masterpeeps. These incredibly creative dioramas will not disappoint. They even have one for the latest hit movie Hunger Games called Hunger Peeps. Just think of the possibilities in the classroom. It might be a good idea to add an inventive Peeps show of your own next year by having kids use historical events or their favorite books to make instructional dioramas. If you have a little extra time, have the students read Peep Fun Facts from NPR and then take the Test Your Peeps Knowledge quiz from the Washington Post.

Lastly, we could not resist including the following video animations Project Peepway (Project Runway) and Peep Wars (Star Wars). Enjoy!

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