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Online Nature
Photography Lessons
For Grades 3 – 8

What's Inside Focus on Nature Online

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Videos

Easy to follow along videos that are quick but detailed.

Transcripts are available to make the program accessible to all.
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Photo Challenges

Using equipment available at home or at school, each photo challenge gives the student a chance to practice what they have learned.

Photo challenges will get kids outside and enjoying nature.

Check In Activities

Each lesson offers the student the opportunity to check their understanding of the lesson materials.

Check in activities developed for grades 3 to 8.

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Cumulative Project

One final task allows teachers to see what their students have really been learning and put that material to the test.

Guides for teachers and students are provided.
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Teachers' Lounge

Supporting materials in an area of the website for teachers only.
Resources and extension activities suitable for all grades.

Cumulative project at the conclusion of The Elements of Design.

FAQs and Knowledgebase.

Curriculum Connections​

Our course aligns with the Ontario Visual Arts Curriculum for grades 3 to 8 and addresses the fundamental concepts of the Elements of Design.

Extension activities are also provided that link to other areas of the Ontario Curriculum, including Science, Math, Language, Health and Physical Education, and Social Studies.

For more information, see our Curriculum Connections Charts:

English Curriculum
French Immersion Curriculum

Concerned about equipment?

Would you like to participate in Focus on Nature Online but have concerns about how you can provide students with the appropriate technology? The Community Camera Collection Tool Kit provides teachers with the resources needed to collect cameras and camera phones from their community.

Students are encouraged to use any combination of devices they have access to at school or at home to participate in Focus on Nature Online. Check out a full list of recommended devices here.

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In a Nutshell...

Our online course uses photography to engage young people in the exploration of the natural world around them.

We provide a creative, interdisciplinary tool for teachers to engage students in outdoor learning.

We dive into the Elements of Design in our arts-enriched, curriculum based instruction for grades 3 to 8.

Read more on our About Page.

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Pricing Options

The Home Plan

Designed for homeschool or individual instruction: 1 - 15 students.

The Home Plan

Each student receives their own secure login.
Includes a teacher account.
$10 per student.
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The Class Plan

Designed for a class ranging from 16 - 35 students.

The Class Plan

Each student receives their own secure login.
Includes a teacher account.
$6 per student.
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The School Plan

Designed for multiple classes ranging from 36 - 250 students in total.

The School Plan

Each student receives their own secure login.
Includes the requisite number of teacher accounts.
$5 per student.
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The District Plan

Designed for enrolling over 250 students.

The District Plan

Each student receives their own secure login.
Includes the requisite number of teacher accounts.
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What People Are Saying

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Frequently Asked Questions

Students are encouraged to utilize any technology available to them to take their photos, whether it be a cell phone, point and shoot camera, or a DSLR. We have a Camera Tips Lesson  giving tips and instructions to students on how to use the technology available to them to take fantastic nature photos.

The Elements of Design course includes 8 lessons and 2 additional videos for Camera Tips and Photo Editing. Lessons begin with a “minds on question” followed by an engaging video. Each lesson is accompanied by a photography challenge that relates to that lesson, as well as a “check in” activity where students apply their knowledge and share their artwork. At the end of the course, students will complete a cumulative project to reflect on the Elements of Design and their photography as a whole. Teachers also have access to various extension activities related to the arts, math, science, language, social studies, and physical education curriculum.

This program dives deeper into the Elements of Design, giving students a more hands-on experience of not only art and photography but also math, geography, and the environment.

With informative videos and check in activities, this program is a great addition to the current Grade 3-8 curriculum.

Our course aligns with the Ontario Visual Arts Curriculum for grade 4-6, and addresses the fundamental concepts of the Elements of Design. Our course can be used to teach the full visual arts curriculum, or as supplemental material. Teachers can easily adapt this program to fit their provinces’ curriculum. Our French course aligns with the listening and writing competencies in the Ontario French as a Second Language Curriculum: French Immersion for grades 4-6, and can be used as a supplemental tool to practise French oral and written communication skills.
All of our courses are available in both English and French. This includes lessons, check ins, and associated lesson materials.
No. Teachers will have access to everything on the website including extension activities and additional resources. Students will only have access to the course material.
Teachers and students do not need any prior knowledge of photography. We would recommend watching the Camera Tips lesson if you want to try and help your students with the functions. And the Photo Editing lesson is good to watch before helping the students edit their photos.
Yes! Anyone can purchase this program to share with their kids. Whether you’re a teacher, educator, or a homeschooling parent this program will help connect your child to nature, while learning about the world of photography and art.

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Protecting Student Privacy

We are committed to ensure the safety of you and your students. Access to our course is provided to students via logins administered by their teacher.

Focus on Nature does not collect personal information from students.

Students are encouraged to turn off location data if using a cell phone to take their photos, and should only photograph nature.

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