Welcome the DE Summer School special edition of SOS. Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. During August, we’ll be featuring our STAR Community’s favorite strategies and how they have made them their own.
Special thanks to DEN STAR and fifth grade teacher Lucina Mroch (@lulea1_mroch) from Irvine Unified School District for sharing how she brought this SOS to her students.
Making a Paper Slide video proved to be a highly motivating project for my fifth grade students. After reading about the American Revolution, I divided my class into groups based on abilities. Each group received a subsection of the chapter we had read. Their objective was to retell the main idea of that section with just three slides. One additional slide could be used for the title of the presentation. The students were forced to work together to derive the most important information from their section. Then they had to choose a manner to illustrate the main ideas which also had to coincide with a script which they also wrote. No time limit was placed on the presentation, but they were limited to the three slides.
The filming was done using iMovie and was all student-led. I did not participate in the filming or editing. My students were highly motivated and on-task throughout this project. TIme was limited, so they knew they could waste none of it. The only change I would make is to have a stand on which to place the iPad so my student cinematographers could rest their arms. Check out our sample.