Here are lesson ideas and resources for creating short informational videos and select films to inspire elementary school students.
VIDEO STORYTELLING GUIDES TO SHARE WITH STUDENTS
Share these video storytelling resources with students. Included is information about pre-production and types of films, the actual production of films including camera angles and sound, and interview tips.
MAKING A SHORT INFORMATIONAL VIDEO
What you will need to create your film:
Your phone or a camera and Movie editing software such as iMovie or Pinnacle Studio
First, do research about the topic and make notes on a computer or notepad
Then create a rough draft of a script - this does not have to be word for word.
Then create a storyboard, or shot list.
FILMING: CAMERA SHOTS, ANGLES AND MOVEMENT
Make sure you have good, front-facing lighting and are not backlit.
Get a good angle with your entire face in the shot.
Memorize small parts of your script at a time so that you aren’t reading off the page-- it takes away from the energy and charisma (gaps in between sections are okay, they can be edited out!)
BE ENGAGING! Even if you aren’t passionate about what you are talking about, act as if you are.
POST-PRODUCTION AFTER FILMING
Transfer your clips onto whichever device you will be using to edit. A computer is recommended but alternatively, you can use a phone or tablet
Learn how to use your editing platform. See tutorials below.
Include pictures and subtitles, you can find free images on Wikimedia commons.
NOW SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO MY HERO
Using Canva to Create Videos Tutorials
FOR INSPIRATION VIEW EXAMPLES OF AWARD WINNING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FILMS ON MYHERO
EXAMPLES OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASS PROJECTS
This class project created a music video that inspires students to stand up and take action!
This song was written by Paul M. Eaton for his students at Girard College Lower School in response to their association with the National Liberty Museum and being exposed to their message of "Live Like A Hero." The song's message is that we can all do something to change our world for the better through service, sacrifice, love and care for each other.
Taking Action - example of a class project
After going to the San Antonio Creek with their science class, 6th grade students from Sultana Elementary School were shocked to see the level of pollution and vandalism. They admired those people and organizations who protect the watershed and promote recycling. Students decided to educate their community about the pollution and the importance of recycling.
What action can you take to help your community?
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Organizer created on 3/16/2022 3:23:40 PM by Wendy Milette
Last edited 8/3/2022 4:07:46 PM by Laura Nietzer