- a camera
- poster board or construction paper
- glue sticks
- a tape recorder
- chart paper
Objective: Children will use and learn more about technology as they work together to accomplish a group project.
To Prepare: At group time ask children to think about the types of machines and tools we use to record and remember ideas, information, and events. Record everyone's responses on chart paper Next, show children the camera and tape recorder and ask them to think about how these tools are alike, in which jobs these tools are utilized, and who uses them.
1 Share a nonfiction picture book that uses photographs to illustrate something that happens in sequence. (See those listed below.) Talk about how and why photographs were chosen for the book instead of illustrations. Ask children to think of something that happens at school that they could photograph in the order it happens. Record their responses.
2 Divide children into small groups. Help each group choose one idea they would like to document. Record each group's idea on a list and bring everyone together to discuss the choices. Ask children to vote, using a show of hands, on the one topic they would like to document as a class.
3 Working as a group, talk about ways you can use the tape recorder along with the camera to document their idea. Do children want to record sounds? Use their own words to narrate? When should they take the photographs? Do they want to write out captions?
4 Help children organize the steps they will need to follow to document the sequence of the activity. For instance, if your group has chosen to do a book called "Fixing Snack," what would they take a picture of first? Second? Third? Guide children in establishing a system for sharing the camera, taperecording their information, and writing captions.
5 When all of the photographs have been developed, help children organize the pictures in the appropriate sequence. Then provide glue sticks and poster board or construction paper to mount the photographs. Work together to incorporate the audio recording with the visual documentary. At group time, enjoy and evaluate your project.
Learn about sequencing using these rich nonfiction photographic books.
Firehouse Dog by Amy and Richard Hutchings
Kindergarten Kids by Ellen B. Senisi
Ricardo's Day by George Ancona