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Traditional Tale Movie Makers

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Keywords: Reenacting, Retelling,
Subject(s): Art, Video, Technology, Early Learning, Reading, English/Language Arts, Drama, Speech and Language
Grade P-K
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Lucy Read Pre-Kindergarten Demonstration School, Austin, TX
Planned By: Ana Zepeda
Original Author: Ana Zepeda, Austin
Teacher will read the students a traditional tale (ex. The three little pigs). Students will then create masks and scenery (house of brikcs, stcks and straw) to use in their reenactment. Four students will be the actors and use their masks. Another student will be the Camera person and record their friends. Teacher will show the student how to press record and keep the students within the shot. The teacher will then edit the movie and show the students the movie they created. This can be done over the course of several weeks with different traditional tales so that all students have the opportunity to be actors and camera people.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Art, Construction
As a follow-up activity, you could have each student construct their own houses of straw, sticks, and bricks and then have them retell you the story individually while you use a voice recorder to record their retelling. You can take pictures of the students doing their work, print it out and put it up in a work area in the room so that the students can see themselves at work.
Materials: Video Cameras, Flip Video, Projectors, Portable, CDs and DVDs