Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sweet Photography Classroom Project & Facebook Freebies and a GIVEAWAY!

I moaned.
I groaned.
I thought there was too much snow on the ground (there wasn't).
The view from my house on the day we were to return from winter break was snowy.
Expectations for a blizzard the following day made it no easier to tear myself out of my warm jammies.

A hot cup of coffee and the thought of seeing those little faces was plenty to get me going :) 
I knew they would all have nice stories to share and I wanted to share with them, too!  Besides, I knew I had this great project to do with them...It all started with this Pinterest Pin:

Clicking on the Pin brought me to a Flickr page for Lewis Elementary.  There’s no blog post there, but I wanted to give it credit.  Boy, there are a lot of exciting things going on in this school!

On the last day before winter break, I asked the kids to think about their most favorite part.   I told them that I would be taking a close-up picture of their favorite part.  I pulled them one at a time while they had snack.  I got them involved with the positioning and creative direction.  They had great ideas! 

Some wanted their shoes on, some wanted them off. Some wanted palms up, some wanted palms down.  My most favorite was the child who formed a heart around the heart on her shirt.  That could actually be one of my most favorite shots ever! I fiddled around with how I wanted to print the pictures, but I decided on using an antique color with a nice frame as a border.  I love how they turned out.  I changed the names to protect their privacy.
The kids were excited to see the photos in school.  After I read my sample and showed them the paragraph planner, they wanted to get started right away! I can't wait to see them all up in my classroom!  

Like this project? Want to grab it for your classroom?  It's FREE this weekend over at our Facebook Hop.  You can find it right on my Facebook page! My sweet Bloggy friend Tori over at Tori's Teacher Tips put the blog hop together.  Follow Tori's directions below and get ready to have some fun! (Thanks, Angela Nerby for the very cute buttons!)

Get ready to HOP people!!
So here is how this works...

Start by going to Tori's FACEBOOK page.
Click on the "FB HOP" button once you are there.  It looks like this:

Then you will see a whole list of bloggers.  Here is a snippet of what it looks like:

Start by clicking on the first button which will take you to Tori's freebie.  
Download, save, print, whatever you want to do with that freebie and then close out those windows.  You want to get back to the list of bloggers on my Facebook page.  Everything should open up into a new window to make it easier for you to get back to the "hop."

Make your way through all the bloggers as they will ALL have FAB stuff for you...for FREE!!!  
Each new FB page will have the same "FB Hop" image- just find that and click there.
Make sure you like the page to get your free product.

Oh and say "Hi" and "Thanks" while you are there... we love your comments/feedback!

Ok.. what are you waiting for... GO HOP!!

BUT WAIT...That's not all...there's a Giveaway, too!

WHEW! All that's left to do now is start downloading! Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. What a fun project! That is a adorable. I am glad your students were so inspired. The pictures turned out great!

    Eclectic Educating

  2. I LOVE how you changed the photos to a sepia tone (I think that the right word)! It makes the images and words seem even more precious!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees

  3. What a great project! I may modify it a bit and use it for a parent Valentine's Day gift? Wonderful idea! Thanks for the GIVEAWAY opportunity as well and the FB Hop!
    Warm Regards,


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