These projects are based on actual integrated projects carried out by Québec teachers. We hope they will act as a springboard for your own ideas. Each of these projects can be adapted to the age and needs of your students.
When you read the following Classroom Projects you will notice in each case the teacher has provided opportunities for students :
to use the lens of the camera to explore their world
to decode, interpret and understand photographs
to use images as a springboard for verbal and written expression
to produce their own photographs in order to communicate a message and/or meaning to the viewer
In creating this class photobook, each student had to compose a photo in which they would appear and shoot a photo that included one of their classmates. This made an authentic project even more engaging and meaningful to the students and their families.
The Best Part of Me
Wendy Ewald’s beautiful book, The Best Part of Me, was used to inspire Cycle One students for this integrated project that ties together visual and print literacy. Students created a class book using their own photography and writing.
Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?
The following inquiry project is based on one created by teacher Susan Brisson for her Cycle Three students. The students explored how images can be “read” and the ways that photos are created to convey meanings.