Create a photo gallery that depicts an everyday moment of students’ lives, and learn about others’ stories and experiences.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: self-awareness and social awareness.
Engage students in a discussion about using photography to share a story. You might explain: “Photography can be a very valuable storytelling tool. When we take a photo, we can experiment with choosing a subject, highlighting specific colors, or taking the photo at an angle. All of these things and more combine to tell the story of a particular moment. When we look at others’ photography, we can use skills like perspective taking and critical thinking to understand what they are trying to express, be it a message, emotion, or experience.”
Ask students to pick a part of their daily lives to capture through photography, such as:
Facilitate a live virtual exchange with your Empatico class, and invite students to a photo gallery walk. Share the link for a digital gallery using a tool like Flipgrid, Wakelet, or Padlet, or ask students to hold up their photography during the video call.
Students might share more about their photos, and why they chose to capture a particular subject or moment. Encourage them to use skills like perspective taking to put themselves in each other’s shoes, and critical thinking to ask questions and learn more about their peers’ experiences.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions: