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I have great time in the artroom with my 3-5th graders and the schools
We set up a Movie studio( a sheet over the Friendly Loom, cart in front
of the sheet, and the video cam facing the cart). The reproductions used
during the assignment are displayed on the sheet as a background
(students can refer to them when being filmed).
A student is ready to film when...........
1. The assignment is complete.
2. Vocabulary is written in sketchbook.
3. Evaluation sheet is completed (vocabulary words are
4. They rehearsed with a classmate (thought and time were put into the
Students are allowed to use props, dress-up, present as a talk show,
pretend they are a reporter, a critic at a gallery, etc. It's amazing
what a student will do to be filmed.
Learning and not even knowing it! Painless---even FUN (this is not a
dirty word, nor is PLAY).
Each student purchases their own video. They are housed in the library
with a "check-out" pocket adn their name/class on it. Students are
allowed to check-out their own video ONLY.
It's immediate reinforcement because they can check it out that same day.
Mom and Dad learn a little about art and a lot about their childs
knowledge of art, speaking skills, organization of thoughts, etc. At
back to school nite I have several students video's ( with their
approval) playing so parents can see the potential.
I encourage other teachers to use them too, but, no luck yet.