Lights...camera...action! Our classroom has been transformed into a video production studio, and we have been hard at work creating multimedia presentations about magnets and magnetism. Our presentations are designed to both inform and entertain.
What in the World is a Magnet?
We began our study of magnets with three important questions.
Now it was time for exploration and discovery!
Of course the more we learned, the more questions we had! We brainstormed our wonders and identified which ones we could research and which we could investigate. We read articles and watched videos. We designed and carried out investigations. Before we knew it, we had become experts on magnetism! Now it was time to demonstrate our understanding and share our expertise!
A Lesson from Bill Nye
We started by "close reading" a Bill Nye "The Science Guy" video about magnetism. We were specifically watching for presentation techniques that helped to make the video interesting and informative. Next we created a list of these techniques to refer to as we worked on our projects.
Creativity in Action
Now it was time to get our creative juices flowing! We had a list of questions about magnets that we needed to answer within our presentations and creative freedom to decide just how we would present the answers to those questions. We started by creating storyboards on large sheets of paper. We collaborated, compromised, revised, rehearsed and laughed...a lot!
It's All About the iPads
It's truly amazing what you can do with an iPad! We were able to video tape, create animations, make stop motion videos , import green screen backgrounds, and edit our final projects all on an iPad! We used the following apps during the process:
~Tilt Shift Video
Multimedia Magnet Mania
Here is our magnet presentation. We only hope you have as much fun watching it as we had making it!
Who we are:
What we are Working On:
~Close Reading fiction and informational texts
~predicting, wondering, picturing, making connections, figuring out
~Identifying "Big Ideas"
~Supporting thinking with text evidence
~Writing to express an opinion
~STAR revising (substitute, take-out, add, rearrange)
~ Magnets and Magnetism