We just made the cutest book reviews in first grade. Mrs. Huelskoetter, the librarian, Mrs. Dixon, the first grade teacher, and I worked together on this project. Here's a link to the book review lesson plan. We used the Do Ink Green Screen app to create the videos. It was so easy to use, I think the older kids (grades 3+) can probably make them on their own. You don't need an elaborate setup, just a small green screen is enough (the app can get rid of any solid background color, not just green).
Here are some reasons students should create book reviews:
The Do Ink Green Screen app is so easy to use, I can hardly wait to adapt this lesson to other curriculum areas. For example, students can talk about a planet for science with a backdrop of their planet or they can talk about a food group with a backdrop of the proper department at the grocery store. It could be a lot of fun to use for foreign language projects too. The possibilities are endless!
Last year, we updated our strategic plan and in the process revamped the school's mission statement. There was a lot of discussion around the term "Launching Learners", but we all agreed it is what we do, even if the statement makes us chuckle. I recently remembered that some of the students created photos of themselves being launched from a trebuchet. It was part of a 5th grade project called "Travel into History" where students had to superimpose themselves into a photo that related to something they were learning about in history class and then write a short article to accompany it. In the project, they were learning how to Chroma Key. They used a photo editor called Paint.net which is full featured, easy to use, and free! I took the two trebuchet photos and used a free online application, Automotivator, to create a motivational posters of our new mission statement. I got a good laugh out of it. I hope you do too. It's a great example of how you can have some fun with your students by using online photo editors.
I've decided to try blogging. The old Home Page is now renamed Interesting Stuff.