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Picture This

Picture This
Photography Activities for Early Childhood Learning

Second Edition
Edited by:

May 2009 | 248 pages | Corwin

"A direct, dynamic approach to learning for early childhood."
—Karla Bronzynski, First-Grade Teacher
Eldora-New Providence School District, IA

"A wonderful resource for using photography across all the developmental domains. This very practical and useful book supports all of its activities with sound developmental practices."
—Michelle Barnea, Early Childhood Consultant

Help young children celebrate themselves while learning through photography!

In the second edition of Picture This, the author explores the expanded photography options that are now available for enriching early childhood instruction. Children are thrilled when they see themselves in pictures, and this book shows teachers how to place them at the center of an exciting visual learning process.

Written in a user-friendly format and filled with illustrations, the book provides field-tested and developmentally appropriate photography activities across 10 subject areas, including emerging literacy, physical development, sensory exploration, social studies, math/science, and drama. Each activity offers an objective and description and can be adapted for independent exploration, one-on-one instruction, small groups, and family involvement. Three new chapters discuss:

  • Ongoing student assessment, the use of standards, and systematic documentation
  • Activities for children with special needs
  • The use of photography with toddlers

Enrich your early childhood curriculum and fully engage young children through the fascinating world of digital photography!

About the Author
1. Technology
Technology Introduction  
2. Standards, Assessment, and Documentation Introduction
Professional Portfolio  
Student Portfolios  
Site-Visit Report  
Stages of Social Play  
Stages of Cognitive Play  
Behavioral Snapshots  
Kindergarten Readiness  
PowerPoint Slide Show  
Accreditation Portfolio  
3. Language
Language Introduction  
Lights, Camera, Action  
Where's the Bear?  
Photo Shoot  
Picture This  
Learning Lotto  
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow  
Color a Rainbow  
Whose Shoes?  
I'm Thinking of...  
On your Mark, Get Set, Name It  
4. Storytelling/Drama
Storytelling/Drama Introduction  
I Am the Story  
Storytime Puzzle  
The Great Magnetic Me  
Create a Tale  
Tell Me a Tale  
Block Heads  
My Own Slide Show  
When I Grow Up  
Puppet Fun  
Watch Me  
5. Emerging Literacy
Emerging Literacy Introduction  
Picture a Word  
My Favorite Character  
"Label It" Book  
Picture a Project  
Look at What We Did  
Look at Me  
Greeting Cards  
Catch Me If You Can  
Sample Word Cards  
Personalized Shape Books  
6. Social Studies
Social Studies Introduction  
"Shining Stars" Book  
Watch Me Grow!  
Where in the World Are We?  
Chef du Jour  
Face the Feeling  
What's in Here?  
Occupation Visitation  
Who's Playing?  
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby  
7. Physical Development
Physical Development Introduction  
Architects Under Construction  
Look at What I Can Do  
How Does It Move?  
Follow the Flag  
Do the Locomotion  
Tactile Mats  
Sorting Out the Themes  
Lace a Favorite  
Photo Place Mats  
8. Mathematics
Mathematics Introduction  
A Place for Everything  
Look at My Day  
The Shape of Things  
Eating by Numbers  
Call Me  
Counting on You  
Treasure Hunt  
Exercise by the Day  
Part of the Whole  
Big, Bigger, Biggest  
9. Sensory Exploration
Sensory Exploration Introduction  
What's Missing?  
Funny Friends  
Sound Lotto  
Going on a Trip  
Texture Walk  
Touch a Poster  
Sniff a Recipe  
By Nose Alone  
Sweet and Sour  
10. Science
Science Introduction  
Weight for Me  
Animal Tails  
Magnetic Challenge  
Healthful Snack Partners  
What Grows?  
How's the Weather?  
The Steps of Planting  
Rising to the Occasion  
Magic Crystals  
Science Talk  
11. Toddlers and Technology
Toddlers and Technology Introduction  
Picture-Object Match  
Photo Lotto  
Color Matching Game  
Happy, Sad, Mad Posters  
My First Numbers  
Look What I Can Do!  
Photo Name Cards  
What Do You See?  
My Family Poster  
Room Sort  
12. Children With Special Needs
Children With Special Needs Introduction  
Two-Part Reading Cards  
What's Next?  
Picture Exchange  
Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC)  
What's Happening?  
Individual Itineraries  
Number Hunt  
Self-Help Graph  
Who Is Not Here Today?  
Communications Book  

“A direct, dynamic approach to learning for early childhood settings.”

Karla Bronzynski, First-Grade Teacher
Eldora-New Providence School District, IA

“This book is a wonderful resource for using photography across all the developmental domains. It is a very practical and useful book that supports all of its activities with sound developmental practices.”

Michelle Barnea, Early Childhood Consultant

“This book fulfills a need in the educational field for technology integration in the classroom.”

Laura Gulledge, Adjunct Instructor
Central Alabama Community College

“This book has many useful ideas and contributes to the field of education.”

Julee Loorya, Elementary School Teacher
Birney Elementary School, Redondo Beach, CA

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