OBJECTIVE: Students will explore feelings by first identifying what feelings are, listing different feelings, and making facial expressions that accompany those feelings. Students will also reflect on these emotions by writing about what makes them feel this way.
The "Imitation Writing and Poetry" project engaged children and counselors in a group reading and writing project. Using the structure of Shel Silverstein's "Hug o' War" allowed us to share a basic structure while developing our own unique poems. The children were 2nd-3rd graders.
A collection is more than simply a set of objects; the relationships among the objects tell a story. A story about a collection could be about things in your room, people in your community, hip-hop slang or ways to give directions.
There's no better way to learn than by talking to people. Even if you're not a reporter, everyone needs good interviewing skills, whether it's to find the answer to a question or to get a job. Interviewing isn't something you can just rush into, however. Kids need preparation, practice and coaching.
There's obviously much more to photography than the few aspects described here, but introducing the basics will teach the kids a fundamental understanding of how to think before taking a picture. This introduction will also give you a platform to move further into the aesthetics with older kids.
Today's cameras offer many elements and features, but the last thing you want to do is swamp kids with them right away. Stick to the basics in your introduction, and let the kids explore the more advanced features on their own over time.