The Spring 2005 contest is completed! Four lucky teachers each
received $3,550 of prizes. Congratulations to all the winners!
Here are the grant applications of our four winning teachers:
Score: 4.94 out of 5.00
601 Lucas Avenue
Laurens, SC 29360
LESSON TITLE: SOLID SHAPES ARE ALL AROUND US!
SUBJECT AREA(S): MATH, WRITING, & TECHNOLOGY
GRADE LEVEL: 2ND
The purpose of this lesson is to explore three-dimensional solid
shapes in a child’s world. Students will work in small groups
and take pictures of solid shapes they can find in the classroom
and on the school campus. They will then write short descriptions
of each shape. Finally, they will use Multimedia Lab V to create
slide shows, memory games, picture books, or web magazines to
share with the class and family/community members.
By the end of this lesson, the students will:
· Be able to effectively operate a digital camera.
· Be able to identify different solid shapes by name.
· Be able to describe the solid shapes by the number of faces,
edges, and vertices.
· Be able to write an explanatory paragraph about each shape that
was explored and photographed.
· Be able to create an electronic product using Multimedia Lab
· Orally present electronic products for evaluation by fellow
The lesson will be introduced as a culminating project during
a geometry unit. Lesson will begin with a discussion of several
different shapes and where they can be found in the classroom.
Then, the teacher will let the children know that now they will
use their classroom digital cameras to photograph different shapes
they can find in the classroom and around school.
Prior to going to computer:
Day 1: Digital camera usage demonstrations and practice.
Day 2: Students will individually make charts showing each of
the solid shapes they studied, including the faces, edges, and
Day 3: In their groups, students will decide which objects they
would like to photograph and tell where those objects are located.
Day 4: In groups, students will locate and photograph solid objects.
At the computer:
Day 5: Groups of students will work cooperatively to insert an
example of each solid shape into a Microsoft Word Document; groups
will then work together to write a paragraph for each shape explaining
which shape it is and how they know it is that particular shape
Day 5 (cont’d.): Groups will print out their Word Documents.
Day 6: Complete Multimedia Lab V Tutorials in the Computer Lab.
Day 7: Groups will select project to complete. They may choose:
Slide Show, Memory Game, Picture Book, or Web Magazine.
Day 7 (cont’d.): Groups will create Multimedia Lab V project they
have selected using the photographs taken of solid shapes and
descriptions of shapes (if needed).
Day 8: Groups will review their projects together and complete
or revise as desired.After going to computer.
Day 9: Make presentations to the class in groups.
Day 9 (cont’d.): Students will assess group projects during presentations.
Day 10: Write and share project reflections describing what each
student liked, disliked, would keep the same, or do differently
Math and Science Family Night: Students will describe the project
and present their created products to parents and other community
members following the completion of the project.
Math and Science Family Night (cont’d.): Families will photograph
members present at the Family Night and create a digital project
(My Picture Book, Web Magazine, etc…) using Multimedia Lab V.
MEMORY CARDS FOR EACH DIGITAL CAMERA (128K MEMORY CARDS: APPROX.
$35 EACH X 4) $140
CDR’S FOR BURNING PROJECTS TO DISC (50 PACK) $40
PHOTO QUALITY PAPER (1 CASE) $50
COPY PAPER (1 CASE) $20
1 ADDITIONAL OLYMPUS D-540 DIGITAL CAMERA $200
SNACKS, DRINKS, & PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS FOR MATH & SCIENCE FAMILY
TOTAL AMOUNT BUDGETED: $500
Score: 4.83 out of 5.00
Mary Jo Opgenorth
1412 Maryland Ave.
Sheboygan WI 53081
Every year I teach a unit on Wetlands in my fifth grade classroom.
The culminating activity is a two day field trip to a wetland
in our area (The Sheboygan Marsh). I would like to have my students
create a calendar teaching others about the importance of wetlands.
The calendar will show the major functions of wetlands, three
different types of wetlands found in Wisconsin, and how the actions
of humans can have negative consequences on the health of wetlands
and the animals that live in them. The calendars would then be
sold for a small fee. All proceeds would be used to purchase duck
stamps. I selected duck stamps because part of the proceeds from
the sale goes back to our wetlands to keep them healthy.
The grant would be extremely helpful and necessary to complete
this task. Prior to going to the wetland, I would obviously teach
the functions of wetlands, different types of wetlands found in
Wisconsin, and how humans actions can harm wetlands. In addition,
I would use the workbooks to teach my students how to use digital
cameras, and teach the skills necessary for my students to use
the Tool Factory software. While at the wetland, students would
look for evidence to support the six functions of wetlands, identify
one type of wetland, and look for signs of negative consequences
humans have had on the wetland. Students would capture the evidence
using the digital cameras.
Next, using the Tool Factory software the calendars would be
created. Students would have clear guidelines on what to include
in their calendar. For example, one month would define and illustrate
a marsh. Students would have a picture of the marsh to use on
this page. Another page would be devoted to show recreational
activities that can be done at a marsh. Students would use a photo
they captured at the marsh along with text to complete this page.
The goal would be to use as many photographs as possible. Some
of the functions may not be captured, so in that case students
would either illustrate by hand or use the Tool Factory Software
to show the function.
Finally, calendars would be printed. Students would market them
and would sell them before and after school and at all functions
for families in the evening.
With the help of this grant, I will be able to motivate, engage,
and teach my students life long skills. Thanks for your consideration.
1. one additional camera $200.00
2. 4 camera cases $100.00
3. 4 Cr-3v batteries $48.00
4. 4 256MB memory cards $120.00
5. Photo Paper $32.00
Score: 4.75 out of 5.00
Crystal M. Rotherforth
County Route 8
Minetto NY 13115
I am an elementary art teacher and I would like to describe a
project that I plan to do with each of my fifth grade classes,
which will include about 75 students. We will begin the unit with
an introduction to the three major art movements of Surrealism,
Cubism and Impressionism. I will present to the children a presentation
which I will create using Multi Media LabV. Then, over the next
several classes they will get to make themselves into three different
artworks based on the three distinctive movements.
The first step in this project is to divide the students into
small groups. Each class contains approximately 20 students. With
three cameras available there will be between six and seven students
per group. The children will be instructed how to take pictures
of each other using their “digital camera basics” workbooks.
For the next step children will print out the picture of themselves
that was taken and they will create a grid on the back using a
ruler. With a pair of scissors they will cut their projects into
squares. They will then reassemble their portraits in a cubist
design and paste them to a piece of construction paper. The students
will then scan in their design creating a digital image that they
can use later for a computer based presentation if they choose.
Once the photos have been downloaded into their computers the
students will use Tool Factory Painter to manipulate their portraits
into a work of art in the style of Impressionism. The children
will make twist, pinch and blur their projects into an original
masterpiece. To obtain a Surrealistic image the students will
stamp or draw dreamlike images onto their portraits.
For their final projects students will either create a book using
Tool Factory Word Processor or create a web page using Tool Factory
Home Page. They will showcase the art work that they created and
they will write about their feelings of the process and what they
Photo Paper- 100$ for approximately 250 sheets. Will be used
for creating books containting student art work.
Card stock- 25$ for approximately 750 sheets. Will also be used
for creating books containing student art work.
Ink for printer- 120$ for 2 cartridges of black and colored ink.
Will be used to print our final projects.
3 hole punch- 40$ used for book binding
Score: 4.69 out of 5.00
R.R.3 Box 592
Hollidaysburg PA 16648
Frankstown Elementary School
Title of the Project: Book Making
Summary of the Project:
As teachers, particularly those teaching young children, we are
continuously looking for new innovative methods to engage our
students in learning activities that promote specific academic
outcomes. I view Olympus’ classroom grants as a fabulous opportunity
to utilize your digital camera and the Tool Factory’s project-building
software to implement a curriculum endeavor that will gain the
enthusiasm of my students and promote literacy at the same time.
I teach reading instruction to students in grades kindergarten
through third. These students have been identified as needing
specialized instruction in reading and are labeled as struggling
readers. Because they are “struggling” readers, oftentimes they
have lost interest in reading and do not enjoy the process. With
the help of your grant program, my students will be put into action
by creating a book of their own. Depending upon the grade level
of the student, he or she will be tasked to create a book. The
book will encompass a particular subject and/or theme that will
enable the student to learn something while developing basic skills.
A kindergartner may create an Alphabet book. A first grader may
create a book of word families. A second grader may create a book
about parts of speech, i.e. adjectives or adverbs. A third grader
may create a book about the history of the town in which he or
she lives. The possibilities are as endless as the imaginations
of our kiddos.
This program will encourage literacy, enhance self-esteem, and
make curriculum material more interesting. It will get the kiddos
out of their seat for a more kinesthetic approach to learning.
Using the technology offered, i.e. camera, software, etc…, my
students will be discovering the joys of reading while developing
skills in technology. We will use the camera to take pictures
of our subjects and put words or letters to those pictures. After
each book is composed, I will send them to be hard-bound. The
culmination of the project will be realized in a class yearbook
which will include items from all the projects and pictures of
the authors. This approach will instigate the students' curiosity
and give them confidence and memories they will never forget.
It is known that when children learn in this fashion they commit
the subject to memory permanently.
It is my hope that with the help of your grant we can bring this
project to fruition. Thank you for your consideration.
Item Supplier Cost (w/S&H)
Hard-bound book process Freet $10.00 per book Publishing Total
Sulphite Drawing Paper Teacher Direct $9.41 Catalog
Multicultural Teacher Direct $6.81 Conststruction Paper Catalog
Fiskars 12” Teacher Direct $43.56 Photo/Paper Trimmer Catalog
Fiskars Circle Cutter Teacher Direct $14.81 Catalog
Crayola Twistable Teacher Direct $15.96 Catalog
Mobile Organizer Teacher Direct $57.36 Catalog
Olfa 5-piece cutter kit Shop@Home.com $32.98
Fiskars Deluxe Shop@Home.com $43.98 12-Piece
Kit Total Cost $478.87