Taking Our Photos Further: SOL22 Day 16

Back on Monday I wrote about my students and their foray into the garden to explore some photography techniques. We’ve been continuing our project, first by carefully examining each photo, noticing the technique used to take the photo, and then selecting their 3 favorites…one from each technique. Those three photos were then edited. I showed them two main function of the native iPad editing tool: how to crop and/or turn a photo and then had them use a filter to change their photo from color to black and white. (After all, we are studying Ansel Adams!)

Today, the choices got more difficult. They had to select their one favorite of the three edited photos to use as their inspiration for writing some captions–in the form of equations. One of my fellow slicers did a lovely photo essay (I wish I did a better job of keeping track of the blogs I read and leave comments for) where she used Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations as her caption format. I knew this would be an excellent format for my young writers–and after reading and discussing what we noticed in Amy’s book, these 6 and 7 year olds set off to write their own–inspired by their black and white photos.

Here’s a few to share with you (along with the photo inspiration)…please keep in mind that these are first draft efforts!

I absolutely love B’s buckets–there is something perfect about the light and dark of them. Here’s one of his captions (he was quite pleased by this effort!):

Bucket + bucket = Buckets

Our warm weather obviously had an impact on A:

Fun + spring + warm = amazing

Only a few students risked subtraction, I love R’s sentiment!:

Trees – deforestation = Life

You’ve got to love the first grade angles! Here’s H’s view:

Love + joy + garden leaves = plants

This unusual view of sweet peas inspired C’s caption:

Plants + pollination = Flowers

In addition to the photography lesson, the actual photos, and the captions, students used technology to edit and also learned to upload photos to Google Drive, share them with me, and absolutely loved getting to choose from three different black and white filters.

And here is my own–I had to join in the fun!

Smooth stumps + tiny black ants = squirmy kids

Maybe you’ll want to head outside and give this a try! Be sure to share if you do!

7 thoughts on “Taking Our Photos Further: SOL22 Day 16

  1. Charlene Doland

    So fun! And what an engaging way to work with these young students! To get them to analyze and reflect in such a creative and thoughtful way. I would like to “steal” this for my teen students in some way.

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  2. mbhmaine

    Wow! I so wish I could hang out with you and your students. This is such amazing, engaging work/play. Your teaching inspires me again and again! I LOVE this post and please tell your students how impressed I am by their photos and captions.

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