Fotobabble Bulletin Board

Lesson Title: Fotobabble Bulletin Board

By:  Nicole Suttle, Buckingham Elementary School

Lesson Subject: Math

Grade Level: 4th

Learning Goal: Students will be able to determine the area of a bulletin board and explain their thinking using the iPad app fotobabble.

Content Standard:

4.MD.3     Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.  For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.


NETS-S Standard:

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation

b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project

c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions

d. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions


Materials and Resources Needed:  iPad, fotobabble app, math manipulatives and tools, blank bulletin boards/white boards

Summary of Instructional Technology Strategies Used: Model how to use the iPad under doc camera.  Narrow options for photo editing; only allow the draw option for explanation purposes. Chunk tech instruction throughout the lesson.  Allow time for students to present their tech lesson.

Lesson Steps:

  1. Tell class we need to cover our bulletin boards with paper before putting projects on the wall. We need to find the area of each bulletin board so we don’t waste paper and over estimate.
  2. Open fotobabble on iPad.
  3. Chose a blank bulletin board to take a picture of.
  4. When you are happy with your picture, push ‘use’.  You only get three do overs.
  5. Set the iPads down and use the available math tools to determine the area of the bulletin board.  Each student is responsible for recording their math thinking in math journals using pictures, numbers, and words.
  6. When each group has come up with an answer, click ‘edit’ on fotobabble.  At this time, the only editing option is draw.  Push ‘draw’.  Choose the smallest dot to draw with.  Show your mathematical thinking using the draw tool.  Do not overdraw.  Use your math journal to help you.
  7. As a group, come up with a 60 second or less script explaining how you found the area of the bulletin board.  Write the script and practice with your group three times.
  8. On the iPad, push ‘record’ and say your script.  Tap the screen to stop recording.  Push the red play button to hear your recording.  You get three do overs.
  9. Present fotobabble to class.

Assessment:  5 pts for showing mathematical thinking in journal, 15 pts for using a strategy to arrive at the correct area, 5 pts for using the draw tool on fotobabble, 5 pts for using the recording tool.

About Amy Tarnow

Amy Tarnow has been with the Bend-La Pine Schools since 2000, and is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Instructional Technology. As a former classroom teacher and a mother of two young children, her goal is to support all teachers in creating relevant, personalized and connected learning opportunities that help all students succeed both in education, and their lives beyond the classroom.