'We Believe' Photomat

Discuss, align, and connect family beliefs with this quick and fun activity! Simple conversations can be fun and powerful. After talking with your kids about words that mean the most to them, you will use a camera to capture a visual that represents what is important to your family.

  • Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
  • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

Think

Getting kids to think can be tricky! Consuming knowledge is available at your fingertips, virtually 24/7. The big question is how we get our kids to think bigger and ask the right questions. Keep these things in mind while doing this activity:

  • Always lead with questions
  • Getting your kids to come up with the right questions is the ultimate goal

How can I connect the details to the big idea?

Ask your kids to come up with two or three questions that will get your family to think about the beliefs that you value the most. Write down these questions and use them to guide your lists. Use these questions to value your kids’ input and to drive your conversations.

  • Individually, have each family member jot down a list of words that are most important to them.
  • On a sheet of paper, a family whiteboard, or chalkboard: list the top three words that are most important to each family member.
  • Choose one word for this activity. Make sure it connects with the questions your kids thought of.

Own

Who decides where the activity ends?

What will you do with your photomats? Work with your kids to decide. Encourage creativity and give meaning to the photomats with what you do.

Too often, we tell our kids what to do and miss opportunities to allow their voice to shine. Hold back from jumping to conclusions:

  • Allowing your kids’ questions to drive the work empowers them!
  • Ask your kids where they would like the project to go. Where should it end?
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Create

How can your kids connect with other family outside of your household?

Collaborate with other family members outside of the household by having them send their own pictures that relate to the chosen work.

Connect

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Collaborate with other family members outside of the household by having them send their own pictures that relate to the chosen work.

Show

How can your kids show or reflect on their thinking?

The learning goals in this lesson were all about coming up with authentic questions and creating original work. This is a short activity and the reflection can be quick, as well as effective. Here are some ways to reflect on the activity:

  • Have a short debrief conversation as a family. What was valuable? Do the photomats represent your family beliefs? What was important about the questions you thought of?
  • Post your photomats on a favorite social media tool. Ask for feedback and discuss.
Lesson Links and Resources:

NPR’s ‘This I Believe’ project | listen for ideas on generating family beliefs.