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Movie Making in the Classroom: Brainstorming

By Beth Newingham on March 28, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

In our classroom, we enjoy making movies to extend our learning. The process begins at our class meeting where we decide on a topic or theme for a classroom movie. Oftentimes an idea has already surfaced during a learning experience in our classroom and we have gathered together to brainstorm and develop specific ideas as a class. This is a way for all students to be involved in the planning process. Students take turns explaining their ideas to the class, and I list all of the ideas on chart paper.

Movie ideas in my classroom have ranged from a creative adventure that highlighted places in our local community to a fun yet informative reenactment of a day aboard the Titanic, to a commercial promoting a school-wide skating party. The options for movie topics are endless!

Watch all the movies my students and I have ever made!


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