From the ancient "camera obscura"
to the modern day digital camera, taking pictures has fascinated
people. Children, in particular, love the idea of capturing
images on film. To their young sensibilities, there is something
magical about the photographic process and the re-creation
of their world with a camera and film.
This module about Photography utilizes Internet resources
to introduce the principles, tools, and techniques of photography
to young children in Grades 2-5. Photography is inter-disciplinary.
It includes the following content areas:
- Science: light; color;
- Art: principles of
design and composition; viewing and appreciation of photographs
- Social Studies: the
development of the camera and the photographic process;
photographs as historical documents; photojournalism and
- Language Arts: sequencing;
photo essays; criticism & evaluation; creative writing
- Technology: Internet
search techniques; Web navigation; computerized photo manipulation;
the future of photography
The Web is replete with information about
photography. The stops on the Teacher Resource Tour take you
to many excellent Web sites that can help you implement a
cross-curriculum unit on photography with your class. The
last stop on the tour is from the Yahoo index. It provides
you with an enormous number of additional photography related
web sites to use in your teaching.
Several of the stops on the Photography Tour are "interactive."
Children should be encouraged to try the various simulations
that illustrate photographic principles. There is, however,
a wide range of reading levels represented, and younger students
may need assistance.
In the Teacher's Resources section, you will find projects
that can be used with your students. Many of them have directions
and lesson plans located at additional Web sites.
- To understand the characteristics and properties of light
- To learn how a camera, film, and darkroom work
- To learn about the history of photography
- To learn how to operate a camera and take photographs
- To understand the elements of composition in photography
- To relate photography to the study of history, art, science
and current events