Explore Tools All-Around

Why post a linear anchor chart when you can co-create one that pops? No, it won’t take several classes - you probably can pull it off in just one. This activity uses the elements of the Everyone Can Create project Create Pop Art to highlight measurement tools all around us, adding annotated details about the tool's features. 

Let’s break down the steps.

Step 1: Snap a Pic

Invite small groups, pairs, or even individual learners to find measurement tools in the learning environment. Be sure to have students focus in on the object so it is the main character of the picture.


A hand holds up two vintage measuring cups by the handle.
The measuring tool is the focus of the image but there is space to highlight and doodle our notes later.

Step 2: Make it Pop

We want our measurement tool to pop, so after editing the photo, we highlight the measurement tool itself. Each measurement tool has key features. Can we highlight them to make them stand out? 


A hand holds a tape measure. It stands out against an orange background.
With the tape measure we highlighted the numbers and the fraction markers as they are important pieces of the tool.

Step 3: Doodle a Layer

Using the Markup pen tools, add a label with the measuring tool's name. Now, it’s time to add the layers of information we know about the tool: When would you use this tool? How could you use it? What is it measuring? 


A wall clock marks 10:15. The hour and minute hands and numbers are highlighted.
With the clock we use symbols and words to mark that a clock measures time and when we may use a clock to measure time.

Step 4: Bring them Together

Once complete, have learners AirDrop their creations to a shared device so the different vocabulary words can be consolidated into one visual (try Keynote or Shortcuts). Share digitally or print to reference throughout the inquiry.

I love how the use of pop art doesn’t just provide a piece of visual interest for the learning space but also a practical visual we can refer back to throughout the year, revisit, and continue to grow. Providing that REAL WORLD connection brings authenticity to the learning. The best part is the idea could be tweaked to fit across the curriculum: vocabulary on animal habitats, a get-to-know-your-camera guide for the photography team, a word wall for newcomers.

How could you use pop art to communicate content-specific vocabulary?

Learn how to Create Pop Art today >


Banner image with the text Create Lessons that pop and a pop art sketch on an iPad.

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