iMovie Trailers: Made Monday But Tried Tuesday--Double Link Up

24 June 2013
I'm doing a double link up with the Fourth Grade Flipper and 4th Grade Frolics.
Let's do this...
                            

On Friday we took our girls and nephew to see Monsters University (go see it, fyi).  On the way back my oldest said "lets make a movie when we get home".

Well...dad is a master filmmaker so we made SUPER KID COUSINS
by trying iMovie Trailers on the iPad.

WATCH IT BELOW
(ignore my writing error and just look at the camera work..wink-wink)


iMovie has a built in feature to create minute long trailers 
and you can almost customize it exactly how you would like.  

It also has a story board feature that tells what shots you should be using and more.
You can also make custom edits, change timing, add in your own text


This is the storyboard feature.  
Just click on scenes and then hit record.  
It is that simple...I swear.


The program is really simple and easy to use.  
This video took about 45 minutes to make including the filming and editing... 
AND workin' with child actors all under 7.


This past year a fourth grade teacher and I worked together on having students take their fantasy stories and create a trailer for them.  How cool is that?!  The kid's videos turned out great and CREATED ENTIRELY by students .  Students then presented them at the end of the year to their parents.

The other great thing is that iMovie can be uploaded directly to YouTube or Vimeo (my choice).  Plus you can put restrictions on who can/can't see the movie.  Lock it Down!


AAAAAARRRRRRR! ASSEMBLE!

Also, If you're still in the mood for superhero-type things I just MADE a FREEBIE for understanding/identifying Fact or Opinion.

There are 20 task cards in all (and free).


I used parts from all six movies.  
A lot of the questions are funny and filled with THE FORCE.
I love them.  I showed a friend of mine who teaches 5th grade---he wants a copy.






Wed. Website: SumDog...Math Games

19 June 2013
I'm linking up for Wednesday Website with Tessa at Tales from Outside the Classroom.
I found this link up last week, but didn't get a chance to add to it...now I can.

 

One of my favorite websites to use with students is the math site Sumdog.com.  
It is quick and easy to use and normally only takes about 
30 seconds to get the kids going on one of the games.

I was introduced to Sumdog about two years ago and since then I've been hooked.

The simplest way to explain SumDog is that is has math games that each only take between 1-4 minutes to complete.  Quick and Easy (for kids and adults).

How does it work....Go to Sumdog.com and click play.

Then when the next window pops up choose to play as a guest.

                                                        ^^^^  Play as Guest 

Then the kids can pick from a variety of games.  My favorite is Junk Pile!

All games are a mix of fact fluency, number ID, fractions, and more.  For most games have kids choose the best of four answers when playing the math games.


From what I've been able to tell the faster and quicker your respond increases the difficulty level.

The games are pretty cool and they vary from racing, climbing the side of a house, saving endangered animals, to piling junk as high as possible.


I've never even gone the route of signing up myself or students (even though it appears to be free) because playing As A Guest works out very well and easily.


What I really like about this website:
1.  Quick and easy to use.
2. Good for grades 1-5.
3.  Kids love it.
4.  Kids battle teachers to get top scores.
5.  Great selection of games.
6. Student engagement! (most important).

I'd strongly recommend this site for anyone.  I've started my 6 year old daughter on it this summer and she doesn't even think of it as math work (or learning...sssshhhhh).


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