Sometimes we just need a creative outlet to run to when we are stressed, bored, happy, sad, lonely, nervous – well any time. Photography has become that for me in recent years. In the last couple years, I’ve taken my photography down a different road – taking pictures with my students in mind. That was the start of Snapshots by Amy.
I love using real photographs in my lessons because it gives my students a real world connection to anchor their learning to. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE clip art too – in fact if TLC ever comes out with a show about being a clip art hoarder I should probably apply. But I don’t think that clip art can ever replace those real world connections. My first choice is obviously a real world experience – but unfortunately today many schools limit the numbers of field trips. Not to mention that many field trips would just be out of the question due to time, location and cost. So for me the next best thing would be real world photographs. This is why I started Snapshots by Amy.
Here’s just a couple pictures that I have and how I would use them in my classroom.
Photos in Science
So this photograph could be used for many lessons. Obviously science comes to mind when learning about plants, parts of a flower, and pollination. This photo can be used to show students what the act of pollination looks like and then when they are playing outside and see something similar they are able to connect their learning. The other alternative would be doing a science lesson outside and looking for the act of pollination in action – but that never seems to work out for me!
Photos in Social Studies
Here’s one for my fellow Texans and a great example of using photography in social studies. Sam Houston is a vital part of Texas history. Obviously, we can’t bring in him as a class visitor and there aren’t even any interviews to find online since Sam lived in the day of the Alamo. So here’s a great way to connect your students to a historical figure and present them with an accurate portrayal of the real man. You could also connect art teaching standards by discussing the statue as a sculpture.
I will be adding more and more photographs to my Snapshots by Amy store. If there is something specific you are looking for please ask. I just may have it in my files. I also love doing custom photos too!