This project involves working with elementary students to create a stop motion video. The students will use the MyCreate application and the Story Starter LEGO kits. The students will work in groups to create a story and then re-intact their story using the LEGOs and MyCreate. This group is a group of Kindergarten and First Grade students. Each week the students will be working on learning the parts that make up a story and creating these parts for their own story. At the completion of the story, the students will used the Story Starter LEGOs to bring their story to life. As the students create their story with the LEGOs, they will take still motion pictures through the MyCreate application, resulting in a video of the final story.
Lessons for the MyCreate ProjectLesson One - Introduction to MyCreate:
Standards: CCSS. K.TT.1 and CCSS.1.TT.1 Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities together.Engage: Show a video of a MyCreate project/tutorial.Explain: "We are going to be using this application (MyCreate) to create a video. We will work to write a story. Then, we will use LEGOs to show the different parts of our story. Last, we will use this application (MyCreate) to make a video where we move the LEGOs and turn our story into a movie!" ... "Today we are going to play with the MyCreate application to find out how it works. Let's go take some pictures and turn them into a movie!"Explore: Take pictures of things around the school. Have students practice doing a voice-over and have them try to add a song to the video. Have them watch the video that they created so they have an idea of what we will be doing.Evaluate: Ask students questions about the application (MyCreate); then have them show the teacher how to preform different tasks within the application.
Lesson Two - Introduction to Story Starters:
Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear, e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.Engage: Show a Curious George LEGO Stop Motion video as a way to introduce them to what they will be doing with their LEGOs.Explain: Show parts of the LEGO Story Starter kit. "We will use these LEGOs to create the scenes in our story. As you can see, there are many different pieces that we can use to create our story." Read a book (with good illustrations).Explore: Students will choose an illustration from the book and create a LEGO scene matching that illustration.
Lesson Three - Elements of a Story:
Evaluate: We will compare the students’ LEGO scenes to the illustration in the book and discuss how they create the scene.
Lesson Four - Creating Our Story:Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.Engage: Read a picture book that includes important details that are needed in a story.Explain: Discuss the important parts of a story -- characters, setting, beginning, middle, and ending. Ask the student: "Do you know what the characters are in a story? ... Do you know what the setting of a story is? ... Do you know what the beginning, middle, or end of a story is? ... All these parts that we just talked about help make up a story. The author of this book had to think of all these parts before he/she began to make their story."Explore: We will then go through the story again and discuss who the characters were, where and when the setting is, and the main points of the story.Evaluate: We will ask students closure questions. "What is a character? What is setting? What is plot?"
Lesson Five - What is the Plot?Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.3 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred and provide a reaction to what happened.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story using key details.Engage: Watch the “Arthur Writes a Story” video.Explain: "Today we are going to begin making our own story. We are going to create the characters and a setting. Can you tell me what a character is? ... Can you tell me what the setting is? ... We will be drawing a picture and will create a setting and the characters."Explore: The students will decide where their story will take place and what characters they will have; then they will draw it out on a piece of paper.Evaluate: Have students share pictures and point out the setting and characters.
Lesson Six - Creating Our Plot:Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.Engage: Share stories. What was something interesting that you did or that happened to you this week?Explain: "Today, we are going to talk about plot. Plot is the word we use for what happens in the story. It is what happens in the beginning, the middle, and the end of the story. Most stories have a problem in the beginning and a solution at the end."Explore: Read The Three Little Pigs. "What is the problem in this story? How did it get worked out? If you were explaining this story to someone who had not read it, what would you say? What are the major things that happened?"Evaluate: Put the story in the correct order. Have them tell you the beginning of the story, the middle, and then the conclusion.
Lesson Seven - Creating Our Plot Continued:Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.Engage: Show students a picture (The picture to the right.). Have the students think of a story that explains what is happening in the picture. Then have them share their stories with the group.Explain: "We are going to write the major part of our story today. We need to decide what will happen in the beginning of the story, the middle, and the end. We need to choose a problem that might happen and how it will be fixed in the end."Explore: First, we will figure out a problem. What is going to happen to their characters? How are they going to work it out? Then we will figure out a beginning, middle, and end.Evaluate: We will look to see if their story contains all major components of storytelling.
Lesson Eight - MyCreate Practice:Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.3 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event, or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred and provide a reaction to what happened.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.Engage: Look through a wordless picture book. Discuss what we think is happening in each picture.Explain: "We are going to draw pictures that fit with our plot. What will the beginning look like? What will it look like during the middle and end? What will the problem scene look like? The resolution?"Explore: Students will draw each piece of the story. The pictures should make sense without the words.Evaluate: The pictures make sense without words. Students can point out which picture shows the beginning, middle, end, etc.
Standards: CCSS.K.TT.1 and CCSS.1.TT.1 Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities.Engage: Play back the MyCreate video they made on the first day.Explain: "We are going to practice creating a video of our story. We need to take pictures of each one of our drawings in the right order; then we can add words to create a rough draft of our story."Explore: Filming the drawings and adding voice overs (the narration).Evaluate: Students will show their video.
Final Day: Make our story into a film, using Story Starter LEGOs and MyCreate.