Digital Images
 

 

The iMovie my group created was a commercial for field trips.  We showed what a teacher should not do on a field trip, such as deserting students and neglecting to incorporate concepts from the classroom to improve the educational value of the field trip.  Field trips can be an effective tool for giving students hands-on experience in learning, but they must be carefully crafted to fulfill specific requirements.  Although student exploration can result in a much deeper understanding of concepts than simply being presented with the material, students left to their own devices are less likely to complete school work.

 

 I found one lesson plan on the Apple website called "Words, Words, Words", in which students choose an animal, research that animal, draw pictures to go along with that research, then put the writing and the artwork together in an iMovie.  This would work well in a second grade language arts classroom because it helps students use their research skills.  They could look in the dictionary, the internet, as well as encyclopedias to obtain the information.  Then, as students put their work together, they will be able to improve their writing skills, which is something the Georgia Performance Standards emphasize for this age group.  By doing this research, students would learn how to find the information they needed as well as actually learn the facts as they put all their work together in a movie.  This particular project emphasizes the value of independent work.  The teacher would play a role in guiding research as well as putting the whole project together.

 

A lesson plan that emphasizes group work is "The ABC's of Conversation."  The lesson plan on the website uses Earth Day as an example, but any event could be used.  In this activity, students come up with one way for each letter of the alphabet that they could help improve the Earth.  Students are then filmed explaining their idea on camera.  This would aid in the development phonic skills and public speaking skills.  This particular project would also help children to work together as a class, but also requires more participation from the teacher in order to complete the project.

 

 

The Georgia Performance Standards for second grade language arts state that a student "uses oral and visual strategies to communicate."  In order to complete this task, students must learn various parts of speech.  A good lesson plan for this is "Idioms in Everyday Language."  In this project, students first read a book that uses idioms to express different feelings (the website suggests My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss).  From my own experiences with kids, I know that children this age love taking pictures, especially digital ones where  they can see the product almost immediately after it is created.  The teacher divides the class into small groups, and each group produces a photo album demonstrating different idioms.  If anything, this would be a fun activity for the class, and would be most helpful for students who are visual and active learners.  Students could really use their creativity on this project, and all that would be required from the teacher would be the supervision of equipment.

In another lessson called "Preserving Memories," children connect the learning that happens in the classroom with their family life outside class time.  In this exercise, students interview their grandparents or an older person about their experiences in second grade.  The class then makes an iPhoto presentation about what life was like when their grandparent was in second grade compared to the student's experiences in second grade.  This would be a good end-of-the-year project for students to summarize their favorite events of the school year, as well as to relect back over what they have learned throughout the year.  I thought it would be neat to actually create a movie presentation of the work the students do, then invite the grandparents to a special presentation in which the movie is shown.  This is a sure way to have students reflect back over their accomplishments during the year.