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October 14

Kodak was issued a film patent on October 14, 1884.

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Kodak was issued a film patent on October 14, 1884.

Grades 1 – 8
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event





On October 14, 1884, George Eastman received his patent for photographic film. This led the way for the production of the first small hand-held box camera, bringing photography out of the exclusive realm of the professional photographer. Today, the possibilities for bringing photography into the classroom are nearly boundless.





Explore photography and digital imaging to discover new ways of combining visual and textual composition to enhance every area of the curriculum. Create a scrapbook that includes photographs, video clips, audio clips, and student work. First, choose a format based on your available resources. Examples include PowerPoint presentations, websites, videotapes, or booklets. Keep a camera/video equipment handy, and include some of these in your project:

  • Students' favorite pieces of writing or artwork, including descriptive captions or commentary
  • Videotapes of songs or skits
  • Students' descriptions of what they are learning, via a video or audio interview or in writing
  • Photomontages of units studied

Work on your scrapbook throughout the year, and then present it to parents at an end-of-year party!






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Activities & Projects

Grades   K – 2  |  Activity & Project

All About Me! Use Photos to Write Stories

Help children use favorite photos to write a homemade memory book.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Special Memories & Significant Moments: Making an Electronic Scrapbook

Using a variety of artifacts, mementos, and technologies, teens can create an electronic scrapbook of their most important moments in high school.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Blog About Courage Using Photos

Engage teens in this activity in which they use photographs to examine and write about courage on a blog.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Write "Moving" Sports Poetry

We've all heard the expression "poetry in motion"-this activity gets children writing poems about grace and movement using photos of athletes.


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Visual Texts for Teens

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