Photo Focus


Tip: Photo Focus

How do I do it?
Take photos of what you are studying (e.g. community businesses; materials for a science experiment; faces with emotions; maps in social studies; characters in stories etc.). Print 3x5 in. or 5x7 in. and glue them to the middle of a blank sheet of paper. Students then label the parts of the object indicated with sharpies or markers.

Variations & Extensions
Take close-ups of objects (i.e. leaves) or of half of the object (part of a store's building) and have students draw what is missing and/or identify the parts of the object.  Students can take the photos themselves with disposable cameras or borrowed digital cameras.  Take a walking tour to take the photos (for young children, group them with a chaperone and 1 camera per group with each student taking a few pictures with assistance and the chaperone recording the child's name and the shots in order.)  Give students 2 photos to compare and contrast with descriptors, glued into a Venn Diagram.

Common Core ELA Writing Standard 4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Common Core ELA Language Standard 3
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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