Here's how we did it:
- Ask students to bring in a collection (or just random) "junk" from home. They can bring toys, stuff from their family's junk drawer, whatever. The pages are more effective if students bring at least 35 items.
- For students who forget to bring their collections, open your classroom games, manipulatives, and supplies.
- Allow students to organize their items all around the room. (Be prepared for a little organized chaos.)
- Take photos of each collection. (This year I used an iPad and found it easier to manipulate than a standard camera for this project.)
- Upload photos.
- Create a document (I prefer PowerPoint) and insert the photo. Choose a font and type "I spy" to get them started. Save with child's name in file.
- Analyze the rhythm (four beats per line), rhyme (couplets), and organization (two stanzas with two lines each) of several I Spy poems from one of the books.
- Ask each student to type a poem using this format. In my experience, most of them will need some help, so it's a good time to call on your parent helpers or classroom aides.
- Check poems and print.
- Bind into a classroom book . . . and use a second copy as a hallway display. Share with younger grades. They love it!