God the Father—Unit 3

Grade 5—Unit 3

Tools:
iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, WeVideo

Reference Material:
Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation

Objectives:

  • Recognize that God, who created the world, has also sent His Son to save the world.
  • As those who have been saved, we honor God by caring well for the people and resources in His world.

Duration of Project:
You can plan to set three to four days aside for this project. You can either introduce it at the beginning of the unit, and have students plan for their question and project as they learn, or introduce it at the end of the unit, as a follow-up activity to reinforce what they learned.

Activity:
Using the First Article section of Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, give each student a different Question to answer. (Your questions will be the titles of each lesson in Unit 3.) As students research their answer to each question, guide them to the Explanation section of the Catechism. If each student does not have a Catechism, then try to borrow enough so students in close proximity can share.

Once they have been assigned their question, explain that they will be creating a script and a video that will be answering their question in their own words. This video is done in the single-shot style. A single-shot video is made with one continuous take. Encourage students to think about walking and talking at the same time rather than sitting still. Have students partner with another classmate. Each partner will film for the other one.

Have students storyboard their video and submit their script. Once you approve the script, allow them to go film their video. Videos should be about one minute, and certainly no longer than two minutes.

Critical Teaching Moment:
When you do your first video project with students, they will be mainly interested in how creative they can be with the video, and the content will suffer. If you put too many restrictions on kids, their creativity will suffer and, though the content may be done better, the students will not exhibit the same type of passion that you are looking for.

To combat this, have students create a storyboard that requires your approval before they are allowed to start filming their video essays. By having students map out what they are doing, you will be sure both content and creativity are given bearing in their videos.

You will also want to work with your students on trying to memorize as much of their script as possible. This will help the video look a little more professional. By keeping eye contact with the camera, and not looking off at their script too often, they will have a product that they will be very proud of.

Differentiation:
Be sure to identify students who struggle with both comprehension and writing; spend time with them one-on-one to make sure they stay on the right track. Possibly have students work in groups as they come up with their answers and scripts.

If your class is up to it, upload your students’ presentations to YouTube. Be sure to Tweet about them with #OICtech and #LuthEd.