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Making Movies to Demonstrate a Process

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Keywords: Windows Movie Maker, pictures, step-by-step, how-to
Subject(s): Technology, Writing, English/Language Arts
Grades 4 through 5
School: Forest Lake Elementary School, Wantagh, NY
Planned By: Krista Albrecht
Original Author: Krista Albrecht, Wantagh
The students have traditionally demonstrated a step-by-step project for their classmates. This project usually consisted of bringing in all the materials, writing the steps and reading them to the class while acting out their demonstration which range from “How to Make Tacos” to “How to Make a Free Throw” or “How to Draw Mickey Mouse”. This year, we changed the format to include the authoring of a slide show using Windows Movie Maker. The students still brought in all the materials for the demonstration, but this time, they drew a storyboard with each box of the storyboard being a step in the process. These would serve as guidance for the pictures to be taken. The students demonstrated the process while a friend takes pictures of each step using a digital camera. These pictures were uploaded to Windows Movie Maker. The students then took turns recording their voices telling each step in their process into Movie Maker. The students also needed to add title and credit slides, as well as use the transition and editing features of Windows Movie Maker. The final step was to coordinate the pictures and sound so that they were hearing the step for the picture being shown.

The entire project, beginning to end, will take about 10 class periods.
The students loved the idea of making their own "movies" and getting to record thier own voices into the computer. It gave the students freedom of choice on how to design their movie, as well as choosing the topic to demonstrate. Be sure to use the time effectively, or the project can drag on!
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Other ideas for this project are to demonstrate a scene from a book and take still photos of different parts of the scene. It will come out like a digital story book! The same can also be done for science experiments or a process in solving a math problem.
The students watch each others' movies and learn a new skill!
Materials: Digital Cameras, Point and Shoot, Microphones, Batteries, Memory Cards, Keyboards, Headsets, Mice, Slideshow