P is for Peace--how do you find peace in your life?
Q is for Quiet--what's your favorite quiet place?
R is for Rabbit--what's your favorite rabbit mascot?
S is for Sign--what's the strangest sign you've sighted?
T is for Transport--what's your typical form of transport?
U is for Umbrella--rain or sun, which umbrella do you use more?
V is for Vacation--where's your favorite vacation venue?
W is for WiFi--how hard is it for you to unplug?
X is for X-Ray--what's your most recent x-ray?
Y is for Yak--have you ever seen a real yak?
Z is for Zucchini--what's your favorite recipe using zucchini?
Special thanks to Sarah and Kevin Arrow of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, and Mike Gardner, The Time Doctor, who organized the July Cohort for the challenge, and faithfully commented on my posts.
The difference between the two photos is subtle, just a special label from the restaurant in the second. But one that makes it more personal. Even better, is when the dessert has YOUR name, like the birthday cake my husband bought for me this past April.
Teachers: I organized my travel photos by the alphabet for two reasons. One, I wanted to start using them in MY classroom, and two, I wanted to offer some copyright free images for you to use in YOUR classrooms. The only think I ask is that you leave my tiny Travel with Mrs. T. label on the photos.
Here's where it get's exciting. Please fill out this contact form and I will email you my personalized PowerPoint slide shows each week on Saturday This gives you a chance to look at them over the weekend, and see which ones you can use in the classroom in the following weeks!
I currently teach Kindergarten, but I used images with PreKindergarten classes through 8th grade when I was a Curriculum Tech Coordinator for a small PreK-8 school.
Build vocabulary using images. My PowerPoint slide shows will have four slides of the same image: 1) image only; 2) image with letter; 3) image with letter and word; 4) image with letter and word including animation. This gives you flexibility with using the image.
Project the image for a writing prompt or discussion. Use the slide with just the image, and ask your students:
1) What happens next?
2) Where would you like to travel on the train?
3) What are 3 facts and 3 inferences we can make about the photo?
Just a few examples, but you get the idea!
Finally, get your students involved. That's what I'm going to do starting on Day One! Even young students are adept with SmartPhones. I'm going to have families email me at least one photo a month, based on the letter of the week, theme of the week, unit in Math, Social Studies or Science. Then, I'm going to use those photos in my classroom, and have the students speak about their personal photos.
For example, if the letter of the week was A, students would be looking for objects that begin with letter/sound, or signs that have the letter A in them. If the science theme was the 5 senses, students could look for things that smell or taste good or bad, or things that feel smooth or rough. The students will have to provide information that will indicate that they understand, or possibly do not understand, the concept. I'll let you know in a future post how this works. If a student's family doesn't have access to a SmartPhone or email, I'm going to have some disposable cameras available. I want all of the students to feel involved.
Enough words, let's take action. Remember to fill out the contact form, I Want to Receive Photos for My Classroom, so I can start emailing you--starting with Saturday, August 6th! Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folder, in case it goes there first!