- "A Package of Friendship"
Barney and his friends decide to send a package to a friend who has moved away. They make a picture frame to hold the photos BJ has taken of the day's activities.
- Reading Rainbow
- "My Shadow"
This is an illustrated version of the poem in which a child describes her relationship with her shadow. The episode examines the interplay of light and shadows: how they work, where they come from, and how they create such beautiful imagery together. LeVar shows how light and shadow can be used to tell the time, meets a shadow artist who creates shadow puppets, and visits a photographer who tells about her work.
Do in Class
- America Responds: A World at Peace - Use international photography galleries as part of a multimedia creative writing assignment imagining a world at peace. (Advanced Activity)
Between the Lions: A Thousand Words - Realize the value of photography. Find a photograph that you really like and make a special frame for it, or put it in an album. On the back of the picture, write about when and where it was taken, who took it and who or what is in the picture.
- Boohbah: Picture Books - Take photographs of a special place and make a picture book. Write a story about the pictures.
- Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Let's Think About...Change - Notice how things change over time by comparing photographs.
- Mathline: The Magic Box - Use photographs to find patterns.
- ZOOM: ZOOMdo: Funky Photo Figures - Use pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and old photos to form a funky photo figure.
- ZOOM: ZOOMdo: Group Picture Project - Take a small picture or photograph and create a really big version of it.
- Maya & Miguel: Adventure Scrapbook - Listen closely to a story and then "snap" pictures as requested with your online camera.
- A Rainbow All Around Me
By Sandra Pinkney
Published February 2002 by Cartwheel Books
Children from around the world are celebrated in lively language and vibrant full color photographs placed in a varied format on open pages.
- Walter Wick's Optical Tricks
By Walter Wick
Published September 1998 by Cartwheel Books
If you've read Walter Wick's I Spy or A Drop of Water, you know how his incredible photography and engaging activities can lure readers into a better understanding of science. Optical Tricks will mystify and delight readers age 4-8; at the end of the book, the author explains how each illusion was created.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.