Now I am aware that Pobble 365 has been around for a while but sometimes it’s good to go back to something and have a go on it. For anyone new to it, Pobble 365 is an online wall that provides users with interesting daily pictures. They are a fantastic stimulus to writing, morning/settling down work or an introduction to media literacy. The pictures are featured along with reflective questions and a story starter. Children’s work from this can then be uploaded onto Pobble’s online community for people around the world to view or it can be published on social media with Pobble linked in.
Five ways to used Pobble 365 in you Classroom:
Use the picture as a hook for a unit of writing this could be weekly or even fortnightly. The Pobble 365 picture could work as a front cover and children could write a chapter to be included!
- Morning work
I’m keen to push writing and literacy in my class and one of the ways I do this is with morning work. My children walk into class with these breath-taking pictures at least once a week with often a different challenge that I create (depending on our writing focus). Examples of this are above.
Part of the objectives for Key Stage 1 and 2 is to create work for a purpose, in a way to promote competence as well as confidence. A way this could be done is to create your own versions of the Pobble 365 pictures.
- Guided Reading/Inference
Children could practise their inference skills. A group set of pictures could be handed out and have questions on the back to answer such as: Where is the girl? What could she be hanging from? This could furthered by children arguing opinion: The girl is hanging from a helicopter. True/False and please explain why you think this.
- Philosophy For Children (P4C)
As a massive focus of P4C is learning through enquiry and exploration, this is another way Pobble 365 would be useful. Using the exciting images children will practise the principles of P4C; that their ideas and the ideas of others have value, as well that they do not need to be correct. Asking questions like the ones in idea four would suit this and help breed this kind of thinking in your classroom.
Please comment below on how you have used Pobble 365 in your school.
Adam Chase (@_geekyteacher)