Photography Teacher Resources
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Scholars learn to use digital cameras to take pictures of natural subjects. They will examine the use of digital cameras, how to download photos, and to develop a digital project. They take nature pictures and develop a Power Point or multi-media presentation.
K - 12th Technology & Engineering
Explore how photographs can represent a whole story to a viewer. Middle schoolers work on narrative writing techniques in this lesson, focusing on photographs from the New York Times to write first-person descriptive narratives. Additionally, you could bring in your own photographs, or have class members bring in photographs that they could use to write an autobiographical narrative.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
4-H Photography Intermediate Activity Pages
Photography is the focus of this 4-H photography learning exercise. Learners examine the history of the camera, complete a photography service project, discover careers in photography, and determine their photography skill level. They complete a word search, and complete a graphic organizer about displaying pictures.
7th - 10th 21st Century Skills
4-H Photography Advanced Activity Pages
Three pages of photography activities will help your 4-H members work on the advanced life skill of "Communicating." Activities include a checklist of projects, a timeline of the history of the camera, a graphic organizer for reflection, a crossword puzzle, and several additional service ideas.
6th - 8th 21st Century Skills
4-H Photography Beginning Activity Pages
Activate interest in photography with these beginning activity pages! Learners build their own pinhole cameras, fill in a crossword puzzle about camera equipment, complete a service project, and research careers. This resource is originally meant for 4-H, but could be modified to fulfill classroom needs.
6th - 9th 21st Century Skills
Say it With Flowers!
Here is a great modern-day lesson! Two classes at once engage in this lesson about plants. They use video conferencing and digital photography to simultaneously observe and record changes in flowers placed in colored water. Learners share their results by e-mail.
K - 2nd Science
Photography and the National Park Service
During the 1800s the United States was expanding westward; land was there for the taking. Kids explore how some early photographers used their photography to influenced the US Congress to save areas like Mirror Lake. They complete a journal reflection, participate in a class discussion, and analyze three photographs from the period.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Photography in the Industrial Work Place - Activity 1
Students capture the industrial workplace environment through photography in this three day introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. This instructional activity requires a field trip and photography equipment.
9th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts
Why My Community Matters: Photography & Oral Histories
Kids get out and interview a community member to show why their community is important to them. There are three main components to this lesson, a literary circle/ book club, a photography assignment, and the interview/oral history report. Learners will connect their community to the book they are discussing, take and use photos to describe their community, and interview a community member.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Self and Photography
Eleventh graders, after investigating and studying self, family, friends, etc. by taking pictures of their daily life, assess basic photography skills that reflect aspects of their culture. They review those aspects and write a self-descriptive narration of their work.
What Cameras See That Our Eyes Don't
Cameras are amazing tools that enhance the way we see the world. From capturing time-lapse footage of seeds sprouting or seasons changing, to high-speed photography showing a bullet crashing through its target, cameras allow us to see what our eyes alone do not.
3 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Photography Merit Badge Workbook
Engage your class in photography with this series of activities! Beginning photographers research and explain elements of photography, camera equipment, and careers in photography. After the research portion, learners complete one of two photography projects: a picture story or a poster based on a chosen theme or topic.
7th - 12th 21st Century Skills
Lesson: David Goldblatt: Structures and Normativity, looking at Photography
Art can be a vehicle for social change and cultural expression. Upper graders examine the art of photographer David Goldblatt, as it pertains to apartheid, South Africa, and the AIDS epidemic. Discussion questions and image links are included.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Haiku and Photography: A Natural Connection
Encourage your young poets to use their surroundings as inspiration. Have them take pictures of the world around them, choose a picture, and create a short haiku poem based on that picture. Consider having learners write a different haiku during each season and creating a book!
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts