Photography 4Kids – Level 1

Course Syllabus and Lesson Planner

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This course is written for beginners in the k – 5 grade levels. Students will learn the basics of photography. There will be videos that teach you differnet photography methods and then there will be quizzes that test you on those methods.


In this course there are 5 modules that cover all the photography basics that a elementary aged student would need/want to know. This specific “Level One” course is designed more for younger students (grades k-2nd) and is taught by an animated child-friendly instructor who is a photographer herself. This course covers every simple thing any child needs to know before using and when using a camera. Some kind of camera is required for this course. A Kid’s Camera is recommended and can be found here: VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix . But, the child could also use a Point and Shoot Camera, or a Disposable Camera as a last option.

  • Module 1 covers the introduction to the course, some brief historical facts, and then the basics of what is a camera and what is a picture.
  • Module 2 is where the students will learn about 5 different kinds of cameras.
  • Module 3 will help the students and the parents/teachers know how to upload their pictures to a computer.
  • Module 4 will be fun for the kids because here they will finally be taught a simple step-by-step process of how to take a picture.
  • Module 5 wraps up the course and covers problems the students may have faced when out taking pictures.

Course Length:   

As an elective course, we recommend one module per week. Therefore, we feel that this course should take approximately 5-6 weeks to complete all modules, assignments, and leave time to study, and take, the final exam. (See Lesson Plan below)

Course Prerequisites (if applicable):


Course Requirements:    

    Computer– Students must have access to a computer with internet access and an internet browser.  Simply STEM has been successfully tested using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.  In addition, we have tested many versions of smart phone/tablet browsers as well.

    Internet Access – Although results may vary, based on connection type and speeds, we have tested our online videos on DSL, Satellite, Cable, and cellular connections.  Our courses cannot be download and require internet access to view them.

Course Grading:  

Grading will be based on quizzes, project uploads, and teacher requirements.

Lesson Plan:
Module 1 – Introduction to Photography Week 1
Module 1 – Quiz   Week 1
Module 2 – Camera Basics Week 2
Module 2 – Quiz   Week 2
Module 3 – Uploading your Pictures   Week 3
Module 3 – Quiz   Week 3
Module 4 – Taking a Picture (part 1)   Week 4
Module 4 – Quiz   Week 5
Module 4 – Project   Week 4
Module 5- Taking a Picture (part 2)  Week 5
Module 5 – Quiz   Week 5
Module 5 – Project   Week 5
Study for Final Exam   Week 6
Final Exam Week 6