Summer Journal

Lesson #12137

Combine writing and crafting with this camera-ready summer journal.

Grade Level:
1-2, 3-5

Craft this clever camera-themed journal for student stories and writing fun. Students can use this journal to relate their summer activities and share their adventures with their classmates or to collect autographs at year’s end.

Students reinforce writing skills and share their feelings and ideas using journaling. Students will enjoy making their journal unique with pictures, drawings and text to communicate and discuss their experiences.

31280-XL-Ellison SureCut Die - Book, Camera - XL

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut one camera front cover and one back cover of the camera journal, using cardstock or construction paper.
  2. Place a square piece of yellow paper over the flash hole in the upper right corner of the camera, and die-cut. Trim with scissors to resemble a flash over the flash hole on the cover (Figure A).
  3. Place a piece of gray paper over the lens opening, and die-cut. Trim around the perforations, and adhere to the lens opening on the cover (Figure A). 
  4. Cut a red strip of paper to match the edge where the journal is bound. Use a 1/8" hole punch to punch holes that align with the holes on the camera edge, and adhere the strip to the journal (Figure A). You can also use red paper and die-cut the edge of the camera. Trim along the perforation, and adhere to the camera cover. 
  5. Die-cut the camera page using several sheets of copy paper as desired (lined, unlined or both).
  6. Align together the decorated cover, the pages and the back cover. Place brads in the holes, and open the prongs of the brads on the back cover.
  7. Use alphabet stickers, print or handwrite the journal title (Main Photo).
  8. Position and adhere a photo of the student on the page behind the cover (Figure B) so the photo will show through the camera lens opening (Main Photo).
  9. Students can draw details with crayons, markers or pens, attach other photos, and write stories generated by their summer activities.
  10. A camera-themed journal would also be fun throughout the school year for any theme where photos might be included. For example, students could create a scrapbook with selfie photos taken and printed at school after a Halloween or birthday party.

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

Fine Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
Achievement Standard:

  • Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas.

NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
Achievement Standard:

  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum


Language Arts English
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills

  • Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

  • Students use spoken, written and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyments, persuasion and the exchange of information)


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