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Re: Video reviews - I Can Fly I,II and III - Dropping in on Matisse


Date: Sun May 02 2004 - 18:30:41 PDT

I really liked the I Can Fly 1...but not wild about 2. I liked Dropping In
On Rousseau, and I am purchasing Dropping in on Matisse and Dropping in on
Picasso. I used the Rousseau video with first graders and second graders. A
little long for first grade! They were really into the beginning and as we worked
on our lessons (animal collages) and looked and discussed other Rousseau
works, they refered to the video. But about the time of the painting of the
"football" players...the first graders were done!

I have started using videos more because there have become more videos
available. I don't always use them, but the sad truth is...if kids see it on tv,
they remember it! Go figure!

I have a good video collection. One thing I have found...Art Video World
offers a bonus video or set of prints for ever 3 videos purchased. It is a
great deal....however, I have been happier with the prints than I have been with
the bonus videos. They have had good content...but are for much older
students....a little on the dry, academic side or the instructional side (how to make
tesselations, how to make a mobile, etc.).

Hope this helps everyone. OH...also...many times I will use a great video
for older students, but just show 10 minute segments of it to the younger kids.
Really is nice for illustrating the point... Also....I used Keith Harring
"Drawing the LIne" (I am not sure if this is the real title or not) to my 5th
graders as a link to their health curriculum which begins to focus on aids and
drugs, etc. I talked about about the social themes (not aids specifically) and
they were able to make a really good connection! Was a nice
interdisciplinary link...not the usual historical link.

Enough said!