• creative thinking
Materials• video camera
• television and VCR or DVD player
• chart paper, drawing paper, and markers
• dramatic play props like scarves, purses, jewelry, costumes, clothing items, and old shoes
Set Up and PrepareIn Advance:
Send a note home requesting that parents assist their child in finding items such as favorite pretend play clothes or old costumes.
Inform children that they will have a special day to come to school dressed as their favorite characters in order to make a movie. Explain that they will be “movie stars” in the film and will also have a chance to use the video camera to assist in making the movie.
Ask older children to decide what types of activities they can do together for their movie. You might suggest that they perform a special song or dance or create a spontaneous “once upon a time” story. Record their ideas and engage them in planning the movie.
Show children the video camera before the movie day so they can become familiar with operating it properly.
On the day of filming, plan time to film each “movie star” as he or she enters the room. Ask each child questions about his or her character. Be sure to film children engaging in various activities. Provide every child with an opportunity to film his or her classmates so that each has a hand in making the film.
Plan a special “screening” of the children’s movie to share with family members or other classes. Provide children with materials to design a movie poster and create movie tickets for their guests.
Remember: Remind parents to dress their child in a costume that will allow for safe movement. Also request that children not wear masks or carry props such as swords or guns.
Movie Survey. Send home a survey sheet requesting that family members write down the titles of their favorite children’s movie. Invite children to share their surveys the following day. Assist the group in summarizing the results of the survey.
Curriculum Connection: COOKING
Movie Snack Bags. Invite children to prepare healthy snack bags with dried fruit, cereal, pretzels, and small crackers to serve to their movie guests.
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