National Gallery of Canada
Make a Pinhole Camera
Introduce your class to photography by asking them to construct their own pinhole cameras. After putting together their own devices, pupils take and develop pictures and analyze the results. The plan provides step-by-step instructions...
National Gallery of Canada
The Camera Obscura
You can create a camera with even the most unassuming materials. Learners view photographs and talk about the art. Some background information is included about the camera obscura for you to present before individuals make their own...
Do speed cameras help reduce accidents? Scholars investigate this question using a series of spreadsheet activities. Along the way, they learn about randomness, probability, and statistical analysis.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Learners explore various images and recognize that in order to make a visible image using a camera or using our eye, light is required. In small groups, they observe how the eyes respond to changes in light and record their observations...
5 Broken Cameras: How Storytellers Shape the Story
5 Broken Cameras, the award-winning documentary nominated for a 2013 Academy Award and winner of the Sundance 2012 Directors Award is the focus of a resource packet that includes a lesson plan, discussion guide, reading lists, background...
A different-than-normal problem that allows learners to practice their reasoning to find an answer. The problem bases itself off a graph drawing of a store that needs to install security cameras. The challenge is to find which placement...
Mathematics Assessment Project
Optimizing Coverage: Security Cameras
Are you being watched? Class members determine where to place security cameras protecting a shop. They then evaluate their own and several provided solutions.
Making a Pinhole Camera
Students participate in a number of activities in order to study the history of photography and to examine the workings of a pinhole camera.
Using a variety of linked sites, students gather information about the pros and cons of traffic light cameras generating tickets. Students are encouraged to interview city officials. They prepare a presentation, and decide for themselves...
Flip Camera Lesson: Louisiana Animal Adaptations
Students research and present information about Louisiana animal adaptations. In this animal adaptation and video camera lesson, students choose an animal from a teacher prepared list. They use the Internet to find five adaptations which...
Turning a Room into a Camera Obscura
Students and teacher begin a discussion about photography and look at the images listed using the questions provided to guide the discussion. They then create a camera obscura in the classroom and experience how many images are affected...
Deliberating in a Democracy
Big Brother is always watching you! Scholars analyze the impact security cameras have on the legal system in a democracy. Primary documentation, case studies, and video clips investigate the use of video in prosecution and provide an...
Capturing Light: The Science of Photography
Students explore light, and how it travels in straight path, recognize that light-sensitive chemical processes can be used to create images using light as catalyst, discover that light can be refracted by convex lens to focus camera,...
Students take pictures in different settings to demonstrate the importance and influence of body language. In this body language lesson plan, students use a camera and work in groups over a 5 week period.
Reverse Engineer a Camera
Students dismantle and reassemble a camera. In this reverse engineering instructional activity, students work in groups to disassemble a one-time use camera while writing directions for reassembly. Students switch cameras and directions...
W. Eugene Smith: Photojournalism and Compassion
Students examine the work of the photojournalist W. Eugene Smith. They analyze photo-essays by Smith, construct a pinhole camera, and create their own photo-essay.
Take a peep into optics. Pupils watch a video about a large Polaroid camera before building pinhole viewers. The scholars then create different types of viewers and compare them to determine which provides the best image.
Zoom Out - Terry Winter's "Rhyme"
Students predict and draw what a picture would look like if a camera zoomed out on it. In this visual arts lesson, students listen to a reading of Istavan Banyai's, Zoom before looking at an image of "Rhyme" by Terry Winters. They...
Making a Pinhole Camera
Students construct a pinhole camera in order to explain the basic property of the inversion of light. A well-designed and effective lesson.
Pictures Please: Traveling Light
Students investigate how light travels. In this optic science lesson plan, students discover that light travels in a straight line through a laser pointer demonstration. Students also study how pinhole cameras work by considering how...
Young scholars explore light. In this light wave physics lesson, students construct periscopes, kaleidoscopes, color wheels, and pinhole cameras. Young scholars observe and record characteristics of light demonstrated through the use...
Lights! Cameras! Action!: Creating a Drama About the Lyme Art Colony
Discuss the lives of artists in the Lyme Art Colony in the 1900s with this resource. Young historians write and perform a short scene depicting individuals who lived in the Griswold boardinghouse, used by the colony artists. They use the...
Digital Cameras and Symmetry
Students take pictures of shapes and faces they see and draw lines of symmetry in them. In this symmetry lesson plan, students also draw one half of another student's face.
Cameras and Careers
Applying photography basics they learn for this project, first graders take pictures of an adult at work focusing on the tools used, the work site, and job responsibilities. After making a career book that includes photos and...
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