“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Objective: Students will be able to create a simple movie summarizing what they want to be when they grown up in response to the story Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
California Common Core Standards
Reading Standards for Literature:
- Key Ideas and Details- (2) Determine the central message, lesson, or moral.
- Text Types and Purposes- (2) Write informative and explanatory texts. (see grade level to determine)
Listening and Speaking Standards
- Presentation and Knowledge- (5 and 6) Create audio recordings. Use complete sentences.
Supplies: Class set of iPods, iPads, laptops, or other hand-held devices. A variety of costumes depicting career choices. This is a great thing to include in your parent newsletter so parents can help supply your costumes.
The Following Apps available in the iTunes store:
Read Aloud and Book Talk
Today I plan on doing two different digital read alouds on my iPad (but not in the same sitting). My general rule for determining the listening capacity for my students is their age plus five. Since I teach second graders who are mostly 7 or 8, I have them sitting listening to me for no more than 12-13 minutes before I engage them in some type of other learning activity. So I plan on reading Oh, the Thinks You Can Think first thing in the morning to excite them about today’s theme, Thinking Thinks Thursday!
In the afternoon, I plan on reading Oh, the Places You’ll Go. After reading the story, I want to guide the discussion toward the author’s purpose. We will have a discussion about why we think Dr. Seuss wrote this book. I want to guide them toward the following ideas:
- To teach about perseverance
- To teach about hard work and determination
- To teach you to follow your dreams
- To teach you to have goals
I will then pose the following question:
Where do you think “you’ll go” when you grown up? Or what do you want to be when you grow up?
We will create a thinking map on chart paper to help with ideas. Here are some ideas that can be included on the thinking map brainstorm: doctor, teacher, engineer, author, artist, etc.
Then guide the discussion to this question: What do you have to do in order to become one of the careers on our chart?
Students will then do a quick-write about what they want to be when they grown up and what they will have to do to accomplish this goal.Their written responses will be used in the filming of their movie.
Movie Production and Editing
First of all, I don’t want to mislead anyone. Please be aware this portion will most likely NOT be done in one day. You will want to model how to properly film a movie (holding the camera steady) and how to edit using Splice or iMovie. Personally, I prefer to use iMovie to edit on the iPods and on my iPhone. However, my district has strict rules about using purchased apps on our iPods. So I have to use Splice because it is free. Splice works well, it just requires a little bit more teaching and it tends to be less intuitive than iMovie. I repeat, you will want to MODEL, MODEL, MODEL before you set your class loose to film and edit.
Step 1: Students need to rehearse what they are going to say. They need to be able to use a strong presentation voice. They also need to prepare their costume.
Step 2: Students work in pairs to film each other. You may need to film in shifts and in a variety of locations. Otherwise, you will have problems with the sound quality of the short films.
Step 3: Editing. Students will edit their movie by adding a title to their movie, at least one transition, and music to the background (optional). My idea for the title screen is… Oh, the Places I will Go…
Step 4: Sharing time! Students can email you their movies to share with the class on your laptop or you can have students bring their iPods to the docucam and show it through the projector.
I realize this may be a very complicated and advanced lesson. But if you teach your students to use Splice or iMovie as a routine, you can use these apps in so many valuable ways. Just imagine filming…
- a book talk
- a story summary
- a report for social studies or science
Perhaps I will do a more detailed blog in the near future about how Splice and iMovie work. Just start playing around with these apps and I know creative and innovation teachers will think of at least 100 ways to promote learning. This is just to get you to start Thinking Thinks!
Stay tuned, Oceanhouse Media (developers of all the Dr. Seuss apps) will be announcing something tomorrow on Dr. Seuss Day! I don’t know what exactly… but come back to AppEducation to find out.
Happy Thinking Think Thursday!