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Keywords: Flip Video, story book trailers
Subject(s): Video, Technology, Writing, Reading, Grammar
Grades 3 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Pecan Grove Primary, Gonzales, LA
Planned By: Vicki Templet
Original Author: Vicki Templet, Gonzales
Students will pick books previously read from reading lessons to create a book movie trailer or book advertisement.

Before filming, students will be divided into groups. The students will determine characters, main idea, plots, and settings. The group will determine if they will film a movie trailer or an advertisement.

Once the film as been decided, students will determine rolls for each group member; for example, director, script editor, camera person, actors and voice over actors. All members of the group will have an opportunity to edit the actual film.

The students will collaborate to develop scripts, characters, and settings for the movie or advertisement. Scripts will include scenes from the book.

Locations will be decided based on the setting, all filming will be done within the classroom, school or school grounds. Use of a green screen will be available, to allow for settings unavailable on school grounds. Students will be allowed to bring in pictures of backgrounds from home or search the internet.

During filming, students will be supervised by the teacher, however all movies and advertisements will be student designed and created.

After filming, students with the help of the teacher will edit films using iMovie. At this point, students may add titles, subtitles, voice overs and music.

The finished project will be showcased during class, parent teacher conference day, Family Literacy Night and used for portions of the morning video announcements for the school.

Students will be assessed using a teacher rubric and student self reflection (self-assessment)

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Student created video projects can incorporate multiple subjects at once while encouraging students to think creatively while also having fun. All students will benefit from this project in many ways. Their creativity will be limitless. The students will benefit academically in core subject areas as well as in the area of the arts. The experiences the student will receive from using the Flip cameras will stay with them through their academic careers.
Student critiques of videos for personal and group growth. Students can create alternate endings and add new characters to the film.
Materials: Flip Video, Tripods