We are launching into an iMOVIE project in third grade! I have never used iMovie with students of this age before (I didn't even use iMovie with my fourth graders!), so I am slightly apprehensive about how this project might go, but I am mostly excited about how much my third graders will learn and how much fun they will have by engaging in the movie-making process. I really wanted to begin 2013 with a project that the children would be excited about and challenged by, and I know how much they enjoy being "movie stars," so this seemed like a viable option.
For our first lesson for this project, I shared this sample student movie from BrainPOP with the children to give them an idea of what I have in mind for them. We talked about the steps involved in making a movie using this anchor chart:
- This project will be completed entirely at school across several class periods.
- This is an individual project. The children will use the cameras built into the Desktop computers in the lab.
- Minimal props will be used. We will rely heavily on using our strong search skills to located images that are perfect for our movies versus bringing in miscellaneous items that will appear on camera with us.
- Bringing in printed photos to have them scanned and saved to individual computers is acceptable as long as the student has parent permission to do so.
WISH US (me) LUCK!