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Animated Video Productions - Life Cycles
Seventh graders compare/contrast the life cycles of free-living organisms to that of parasites. They conduct Internet research, illustrate the stages of a specific organisms's life cycle, and direct and produce a mini-video production.
Video Production -- Walk to School
Learners, in groups, create their first video production. The video shows students walking to school. They are to make smooth transitions between shots.
"A Generation That Cares?" The Environment and You
Students research environmental issues through various Internet sites. In this technology-based lesson, students write a one page summary of the research they have done on an environmental issue. Students use the Internet sites included in this lesson plan.
Career Bytes Interview
Students conduct career-based interviews. In this career education lesson, students research careers and interview career professionals to produce a video that features ins and outs of the career.
Our Troubled World: A Study of Global Issues
Learners examine global issues. In this current events lesson, students use Internet research and interviews within their community to focus on 1 global issue in order to create a presentation regarding it.
Virtual Science Fair
Students study the scientific method and conduct an experiment using this method. in this experimental lesson students develop their own science experiment.
Students use multimedia technology to create a kids news bulletin. In groups, they explore an interesting topic of study. Prior to beginning their investigation, students observe professionally made newsbreaks. Using the internet, students research their topic and create a video.
Fourth graders create an intriguing beginning for a drab scenario. They plan and present a video production of a skit with an intriguing beginning.
Video Production -- Shoe Tieing Exercise
Young scholars, in groups, videotape other students tieing their shoe. They are to create a good shot of the person. After the shot is finished, they receive feedback on what they need to improve on.
Video Production -- Equipment Maintenance
Students examine proper ways to take care of equipment. They practice keeping the equipment clean and free from dust. They also review how to use a camcorder and tripod.
"The Beaches of Agnes": Planning a Video Self Portrait
Agnes Varda’s autobiographical “The Beaches of Agnes,” models for young filmmakers the cinematic self-portrait. Far from “old and plump,” Varda is a giant of filmmaking and will inspire your pupils. After watching a clip of this famous French woman, class members create a storyboard for their own reflection on a place, relationship, or experience of personal importance. Activities, extensions and adaptations, as well as assessment suggestions are included.
New! A Creator’s Responsibilities
Want to keep your learners from plagiarizing? Here is one way to tackle the topic and relate it not only to plagiarizing text, but also to pirating music and video productions. Class members discuss the topic, watch a video about pirating, and examine case studies. The instructional activity combines individual and group work to make learners consider their own actions.
Moral Development in Camus' The Stranger
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Readers of The Stranger rate Mersault’s moral development (or lack thereof) using Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development scale. Using specific references, class members analyze and synthesize the texts.
Baseball: The Tenth Inning
Bring the historical relevance of baseball into the classroom, as pupils discover the lessons learned from the breaking of baseball's color barrier by Jackie Robinson. Learners view video and analyze Robinson’s character, as well as his contributions to baseball and civil rights. From their findings, they create character sketches for Robinson and many of the people who surrounded him. The sketches help with producing historical skits that display the important moments from Robinson’s life. It includes quality worksheets for each activity, and a rubric for the skits. The resource can be modified to include a creative writing assignment instead of skits.
Shaking the Movers: Youth Rights and Media
Children have rights! Exploring those rights and using media to express those rights is the focus of this Media Awareness Network activity. Although some of the law links reflect the Canadian Articles of The Convention, the majority of the resources prove invaluable. Everything from how to create a visual essay to how to access project funding, from taking a position to positioning a camera shot. This activity belongs in your curriculum library.
Cheerful Hearts and Willing Feet
Students explore characterization in Little Women. In this literature lesson, students participate in written analysis and research in order to explore Alcott's characterization in the novel.
Stuents explore aspects of bravery, family relationships, and teamwork as well as the darker human aspects of deviance and confession as they read the journal of the main character Paul Fisher and dramatize events from the novel in videotape format.
Celebration of Mexicanos Through Music, Dance, and Art
Students participate in a variety of lessons/activities designed to teach them about Mexico. They discuss the language and the flag of Mexico. Students learn about the celebrations, family values, music and food of Mexico. The final project, a Pinata, ties together different aspects of the unit into a final celebration.
It's a Beautiful Day in MY Neighborhood
Students create and produce their own "WAlk Through" video about their neighborhood, develop script writing and on-camera narration skills, and gain knowledge and expertise about the landmarks in their own neighborhoods.
Sing a Song of Science
Using parodies of popular music to introduce and reinforce concepts in secondary classrooms.