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Mrs. Andersen from N Palm Beach FL is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Family Focus: Learning About Ourselves with Photography

Help me give my students confidence, freedom to be creative, and see themselves, others, and our world from new perspectives with a camera and accessories.

  • $785 goal

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My Students

Our classroom is full of adventurous, enthusiastic, fun-loving, inquisitive, eager learners. These students come to school every day to create, explore, and investigate through hands-on learning. We are a Title I school, so most of our children come to us with a need for a safe, loving, and comfortable place to learn and grow. Our classroom is a second home to our students. They work cooperatively, support and care about each other. We truly become a family during our time together throughout the school year.

My Project

Our first inquiry thread of the year is “Fingerprints.” During this time, we want students to learn about themselves. Other Words for Home, Where are You From?, and Leila in Saffron are picture books that tell the stories of family traditions as the characters learn about themselves through their families history. We want our students to learn their stories. Students will examine the beliefs, customs, and traditions of their families. Through the use of interviews and photography, using the requested camera and accessories, students will understand how their family history helps shape who they are today.

Students will learn how photography can be used to tell stories and capture different subjects.

The picture books about Gordon Parks who took photos of segregation in America, Ansel Adams, an environmentalist famous for photos of the natural world, Dorothea Lange who photographed faces of the Great Depression, and James ZanDerZee, famous for his photos of the Harlem Renaissance teach us different types of photography. These stories can help students answer the question “How can you use photos to learn and teach about our world?”

We will also incorporate math and science standards. The basics of photography like the “rule of thirds” can help teach fractions. Students can also play with close ups and positioning to incorporate math by measuring the distance between two perspectives and talk about the perceived height of an object based on where each photograph was taken. Refraction and reflection will also be explored in a way that will interest students and make sense to them. The photography prism will help to teach the light spectrum.

We plan to turn our classroom into a photo gallery, publish an online gallery, and find ways to incorporate photography throughout the year to help with learning our grade level standards and complement our community outreach projects.

Mrs. Andersen
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Canon - PowerShot SX420IS 20.0-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black • Best Buy Education $221.37 1 $221.37
Winsome 20089 Satori Stool, 29", Black • Amazon Business $34.79 2 $69.58
Photography Lighting - ESDDI Umbrella Continuous Lights Kit 600W 5500K Portable Day Light Photo Portrait Studio Video Equipment • Amazon Business $41.86 1 $41.86
Golden State Art Acid Free, Pack of 25 11x14 White Picture Mats Mattes with White Core Bevel Cut for 8x10 Photo + Backing + Bags • Amazon Business $33.95 1 $33.95
Essential Accessories Kit for Canon Powershot SX400 is, SX410 is, SX420 is Digital Camera Includes Replacement (900maH) NB-11L Battery + AC/DC Charger + Case + 50 Tripod + Screen Protectors + More • Amazon Business $32.95 1 $32.95
Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places • Amazon Business $28.24 1 $28.24
Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature • Amazon Business $18.04 1 $18.04
Joel Meyerowitz: Seeing Things: A Kid's Guide to Looking at Photographs • Amazon Business $16.92 1 $16.92
HP Photo Paper Premium Plus, Soft Gloss, (8.5x11 inch), 50 sheets • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Neewer 6x9 feet/1.8x2.8 meters Photo Studio 100 Percent Pure Muslin Collapsible Backdrop Background for Photography, Video and Television (Background Only) - Black • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Photography Prism with Cleaning Pouch - Best Crystal Glass Triangular Prism for Photos and Teaching Light Spectrum - Portable 6 Inch Optical Rainbow Prism • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America • Amazon Business $13.80 1 $13.80
Leila in Saffron • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Command Picture Hanging Strips, 16 pairs (36 strips), Medium, White (PH204-16NA) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography: Tips & Tricks on How to Be a Great Photographer From the Pros & Your Pals at My Shot • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Shapenty Stainless Steel Hanging Curtain Clips with Hook for Photos, Art Craft Display, Home Decoration and Outdoor Party Wire Clamp Holder, 50PCS • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression • Amazon Business $7.27 1 $7.27
Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor (Captured History) • Amazon Business $7.15 1 $7.15

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