Give students a warm welcome with these fun getting-to-know-you activities and unit plans.
As a way to get to know each other, students will become reporters, photographers, and movie producers and interview each other as they become Famous First Graders. Learning to work as a team to interview the famous person and then produce a short movie helps establish a cooperative climate in the classroom. I guide students as they create the roles and then help them learn the skills needed for their jobs. Part of the classroom is set up to look like an arrival area for famous people, like movie stars or the President.
- Listen to books
- Name famous people
- Write about how they are famous
- Plan for an interview
- Take still photos and video photos with a digital camera
- Upload the photos to a computer and edit them
- Interview each other
- Tell information about themselves
- Write about the Famous First Graders
In this self-esteem building lesson, students identify the causes of fame for important people, as well as what makes the students themselves noteworthy.
2 CLASS PERIODS
Students learn how to take digital photos, including how to hold a camera safely, how to look though a viewfinder or use an LCD screen, and how to manipulate photos with iphoto software.
1 CLASS PERIOD
In this lesson plan, students learn how to shoot and edit videos using a digital video camera and imovie software.
3 CLASS PERIODS
Check out this technology lesson in which students pose as celebrities at a big event and take turns interviewing and digitally filming and photographing each other.