In the week leading up to Autumn Break, all of the English Class classes worked on a week long project of making a short Halloween movie. To start the project, the pupils watched a slide programme detailing the components of a story: the characters, the setting, the plot, the challenge or conflict, and the resolution. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders worked together in small mixed-aged groups as did first, second and third graders. Each group used a die to determine the setting, characters, challenge /conflict and time of the story, according to the guidelines pictured above.
Then the pupils worked together as a group to write the script of their Halloween movie.
On the second day of the project, after seeing a slide presentation about camera angles and camera shots, each group created a storyboard for their movie. Rather than using storyboard apps, storyboards were created by drawing and writing.
Each group included information about the camera angles and camera shots on their storyboards, along with notation about movement.
For the older pupils the third day of the project was devoted to creating props, masks and costumes.
Once done, groups began filming their productions. The pupils used the iMovie app on their iPads. It was gratifying to see watch them put what they had learned into action. Without exception, teachers were impressed with the work pupils did.
The first, second and third grade pupils used stick puppets and self-made background settings to actualize their movies. Lots of time and effort was put into the details.
The younger pupils paid careful attention to their scripts and storyboards. Their interest levels topped the charts!
Keep following the blog to see some of the completed, edited versions of the Halloween movies the English Class pupils made!