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Class Photo Albums

Smile for the camera! Let's take your picture!

  • Grade 1
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Introduce students to digital cameras and taking pictures. Have children practice taking pictures in small groups around the school building with an adult supervising. Each time a photograph is taken, have students look at the picture through the viewfinder. Discuss what students have decided to take photograph of during this experimental activity.
    2. When student groups return to the classroom, ask for suggestions about what they would like to focus their photographic efforts on for this project. Will it be student facial expressions? Students reading a favorite book? Etc. Make a list of offerings on the classroom white board. Have children vote on what they would like to focus on.
    3. Working in small groups with adult supervision, students travel around their school building to take photographs. Provide children with a range of photos to take on their travels. After reaching the maximum number, or after a given amount of time, students return to the classroom with their cameras.
    4. Upload student digital files to classroom computers. Title their photo file so that it is easily identifiable to the team.
    5. Photographs may be printed or students can be instructed how to retrieve files on a computer. If photos are to be printed, provide students with a set number of sheets of construction paper. Photos can be cut out using Crayola® Scissors or students may tear the photos in preparation for placing them in their photo books. Students will determine what page each photo will be placed on and use Crayola® Glue Sticks to stick them to the construction paper. Students compose sentences that assist with describing the photo. An adult can assist with writing the descriptive sentence on the page.
    6. If students are to create a digital photo book, demonstrate how photos are placed on a photo page. Then have students discuss what is going on in the photo. Students compose a sentence that helps to describe what is going on in the picture. An adult can assist with the writing and typing if text boxes have been inserted on the photo page. Also consider showing students how to insert borders around their digital photos.
    7. Student groups complete photo books by designing a cover and writing a title on the cover page. Document who participated in the creation of the photo book and when it was made.
    8. Provide time in the school day for student groups to present their photo books to classmates. Listen carefully to their discussions.
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

    MATH: Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    If parents are willing, as them to e-mail photograph of their children in the class to you in order to create a photo book designed by the students. The class can use these pictures to create an original photo book about classmates at home as well as in school.

    Consider having students create a photo book of the class for each season of the school year. How are these photo books similar? How are they different? How have classmates changed over the school year?


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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