About Us
Our Team
Our Impact
Contact Us
Corporate Programs

Roll out the red carpet for K-2 filmmakers!

Page Views: 902

Email This Lesson Plan to Me
Email Address:
Subscribe to Newsletter?
Log in to rate this plan!
Overall Rating:
(5.0 stars, 1 ratings)

Keywords: digital filmmaking, public service, newscast, claymation, red carpet, film festival, Flip Video, storyboard
Subject(s): Science, Grammar, Spelling, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Information Skills, Reading, Music, Animation, Writing, Special Needs, Early Learning, Technology, Social Skills, Video, Health and PE, Art, Journalism, Drama, Math, Speech and Language, Foreign Language
Grades K through 4
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
View Full Text of Standards
School: Brenham Elementary School, Brenham, TX
Planned By: Ann Debolt
Original Author: Jessica Johnston, Brenham

• Boost cooperative learning activities in our school
• Build camaraderie between students and staff
• Improve student and teacher knowledge about digital film-making
• Increase awareness of current technology resources
• Cultivate technology integration into everyday lessons
• Celebrate the artistic work of both students and staff
• Create a library of educational videos to be used in our school year after year
• Increase community involvement in our school


Each class in kindergarten through second grade, including our special classes like Life Skills, Pre-K and PPCD, will be able to enter a film into our school film festival. Students and teachers will work together to plan, script, record, and publish a 3-minute educational video that will fit into one of the following categories:

• Public Service Announcements
• Animation (stop-motion drawings, claymation, or computer animation)
• Inspirational
• Newscast
• Original Song
• Use of Technology in the Classroom

Students will brainstorm ideas for a film with help from their teacher. They will select an idea from this list and create a plan for their film, including a storyboard, a cast and crew, and a script. (All necessary planning forms will be supplied by the Campus Technology Specialist.) Students will use Flip Video Cameras awarded by Digital Wish and Flip Video, as well as technology supplied by the district, such as computers and necessary software, to record and publish their film. The Campus Technology Specialist will be available to assist with hardware and software training and troubleshooting.

Classes must submit their film by a deadline to be set by the film committee. Films must not exceed three minutes, including credits and citations, if necessary, and must fit into one of the above designated categories. A panel will judge all films and one winner will be chosen from each category. In addition, students will vote on a Viewer’s Choice Award winner.

All films will be shown at a special “red carpet event” hosted at our school. Staff members, students, and community members will be invited to attend this event. Sponsors will be solicited to provide refreshments for attendees and trophies for winners. School staff members will dress in formal attire and some will pose as “paparazzi” and “entertainment interviewers” for students when they arrive. Awards will be given at the end of the night in each category and trophies will be given to the winning classes. All films will be added to our school’s library for use by future classes.
This lesson plan was created by the Campus Technology Specialist for use with over 20 classes in our school ranging from Life Skills to second grade GT. Over 400 students would benefit from this technology-rich project.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This project could be used in every subject area from how to use a microscope to solving a math problem to how to check out a library book! Educational videos can be created to enhance every content area.
In an effort to make this an annual event and extend it to other grades and other campuses in our district, a staff development event would be offered in the summer to train staff members on using Flip Videos and inform them about digital film-making and planning a student film festival.
Materials: Flip Video