Natural Selection in the Wild- Problem Solving 2
Lesson 6 of 8
Objective: Student will be able to display their research results in an animoto.
Purpose of Lesson:
The purpose of this lesson is for students to produce their own animoto videos about their adaptation rubric.
Major Strategies to Watch for:
1) Form Turn in- Using a form to make turn in and grading easy.
2) Collaborative Grading- Using a two step rubric process to collaboratively assess work with students.
Ready. Set. Engage!
Learning Goal: Create an animoto that shows the adaptations of an animal of your choice.
Opening Question: Which animal of plant that you studied yesterday are you going to display in your animoto? How did you come to your decision?
Students record their opening question on their learning goal sheet and are ready to start class 3 min after the bell has rung. I reward students who get started early with ROCK STAR SCIENTIST tickets.
Carry out Plan
This is a video that shows you (the teacher) how to make an animoto video. When I made this video I didn't have a method for getting student accounts and consequently all of my videos had to be only 30 seconds...which is limiting. I have since learned a work around to this issue and am attaching those instructions to this section as well.
Once you know how to make an animoto you need to teach your students how to do it. The easiest way is to simply guide them through the first few steps together. It will be a struggle to keep your advanced kids roped in, but I tell them to stick with me for a few min and then they can be free. You can ask slower students to move to a back table to sit with you after the majority of students are independent.
The steps the students should follow are:
1) Sign up for your IN CLASS ACCOUNT using the username and password I give you. (read the instructions attached)
2) Click create.
3) Choose a theme- you can change it later so right now...just CHOOSE one.
4) Add your pictures.
5) Watch me show you how to move pictures, add captions and titles, and music.
6) Click Preview
7) Click Produce.
With that very short mini-lesson, the students will be able to take it and run. Simply let them have work time for the rest of the class. I like to play soft music on my computer to help them concentrate but this tends to be a very engaging task.
Evaluate / Revise the Answer
Once the students are done, I create a google form and have the students turn in their animotos using the form. If you change the settings on the form to public, and share it with the students on a website, students will be able to see all of the animotos. This also makes grading REALLY easy. Below is a video of how to create a form and use it to collect URLs.
These are some examples of my students from last year. At the time they were forced to keep their presentations to only 30 sec.
Depending on the amount of time you want to spend on the project, you can take time to let the students explore all the animotos, use the rubric to give feedback, vote on a class favorite, and even publish the best on on the school website.
Closing Statement: Today we made movies and assessed our work. Tomorrow we will show our learning on the test.
Closing Question: What was the most important idea about adaptations you learned doing this research?
Closure depends greatly on timing and is not as easy to plan in advance as opening. You can find more information about how I manage closure here.