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Young readers work through an informative article about filmmaking, and answer five multiple choice questions about the text. The format of the activity would make a good quiz or homework assignment. Additionally, a home activity prompts children to find examples of materials written for different purposes.
Did your class read Louis Sachar's Newbery Medal-winning book Holes? Compare and contrast the film version with the novel. After reading a brief passage from the book, watch the film adaptation of the scene. Learners pay attention to and analyze the differences in both versions. Additionally, they make suggestions for improving the scene. This activity could be a useful way to study the adaptation of a novel to film (This version stays loyal to its source material.) as well as an opportunity to evaluate the choices of the filmmakers.
Students study budgeting money activities by watching a video about making a film and using a budget in the process. In this budgeting money lesson, students watch several videos about making a film, but study the role of budgeting in the process. Students complete column addition to complete activities about budgeting.
There is a wonderful magic that happens when artists collaborate. Kids examine storytelling through collaborative art. Inspired by Rodin's sculpture Minotaur, Daria Martin and Anna Halprin create a filmed dance sequence. Kids analyze the film and then work together to create a dance sequence that tells a story.
As far back as your scholars can remember, their country has been at war. Be sure they understand the various implications of this global conflict by presenting personal stories of veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the front lines. They watch video clips about TBI, filling out a viewing guide as they go. There are great informational handouts to educate military families about this under-diagnosed condition, possibly with the goal of creating an outreach. Check out the extension ideas for further research plans. It's best to find this lesson on the PBS website by entering "POV TBI" into the search engine, as the viewing guide and videos are actually linked there.