One unseasonably warm day in early October I started our fourth grade art class with a vote. They had been learning about the election and consensus, and I told them we could go outside, but only if everyone agreed. After some impassioned speeches, we got everyone on board. I talked to the kids briefly about framing and how beauty can be found anywhere if you get the right frame of reference.
We brought out actual empty frames so students could work on their composition. I encouraged them to zoom in and out to find the best image.
Some kids found more creative uses for their picture frame. With the addition of a simple binder clip, a lesson on composition morphed into an installation art workshop.