Teachers Lesson Plans

The Camera Obscura: Grade 7-8


After exploring the Drawing with Light site, the students are encouraged to investigate the properties of light. In this lesson plan, the students will be introduced to the science of light and will learn its significance as they construct a camera obscura.


The students will show that they understand the significance of light in photography as they construct a simple optical device, a camera obscura.


The students will use materials that are suitable for constructing a camera obscura and will assemble them properly so as to obtain the desired results.


The students will analyze the operation of the camera obscura under different conditions and a variety of lighting so as to define and understand the basic concepts of photography.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the following subject areas: science and technology, English


3 40-minute sessions