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Original image: "Butterfly"
By: Bob Rayner
Released under an Attribution License
I chose to use this particular image because it is one that I would consider using for my current butterfly unit. There are beautiful images available through the internet. I incorporate images into my own curriculum daily in many ways. Since I teach first grade, visuals are extremely important to the learning process. Before the students can read, they often times generate stories based on photographs and this would be one way that I would bring images into the classroom. I also use images for digital storytelling and by using Creative Commons, I could legally take advantage of a wide variety of images available online. I use images in science and social studies so that the students can visualize the topics being presented. For example, we are currently studying butterflies and the students would learn a great deal from comparing and contrasting photographs of different butterflies. I also tie these photographs into the mathematical concept of symmetry, as we look at the markings on each butterfly. In social studies, I use images to supplement all of my teaching. Whether it is showing the students images of individuals in other states or countries, their learning at this age is directly tied to visual representation. I have a classroom SMART board, and often find myself using images for mathematical equations as well. There are many ways that I use images across the curriculum, and I am excited to cite and use these Creative Commons images in my future teaching.