Grades 5 and 7—Unit 2
KidBlog, Blogger, Discussion Board in your LMS, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, WeVideo
Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation
- Recognize that we cannot by our own reason or strength believe in Jesus or come to Him.
- Rejoice that the Holy Spirit shares with us the knowledge of the gift of eternal life through Christ.
- Gladly make hearing, studying, and learning God’s Word a priority in life.
Duration of Project:
This unit project may take two to three weeks, but will not take that much time for each class. With collaboration and communication, the time frame of two to three weeks will be close. It will be important to have close interaction with the teacher in your collaborating grade to make sure you stay on the agreed upon time frame.
Unit 2 is all about the work of the Holy Spirit. As students grow up, they will hear in an overwhelming majority of Christendom that people have “made a decision for Christ.” As Lutherans, we confess that we cannot by our own reason or strength believe in Jesus or come to Him.
After completing Lesson 17 in both grades, set up the project with the classes.
Your students will be writing a blog post on the following prompt:
Describe in your own words how we cannot come to faith without the Holy Spirit.
*This is not aimed at a specific denomination; it is simply meant to be an affirmation of what we believe, teach, and confess about the work of the Holy Spirit.
Because this will be the first time that you have fifth graders blogging in your class, it is important to talk about your expectations (see Digital Citizenship Connection below).
Partner a seventh grader up with a fifth grader. Have the older student give feedback on the younger student’s blog post. When the fifth graders have the final version of their blog posts completed, have your seventh graders create a video essay, using the text from the fifth graders’ blog posts as their script. Because the script is the fifth-grade students’ text, it will be important for each teacher and student to give great feedback on both the positives and opportunities for improvement on each post.
A video essay for this project will consist of either pictures that use the Ken Burns effect (motion) that are narrated over, video footage that your students capture that is narrated over, or a combination of the two.
Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students write their blog posts, encourage them to read and comment on other classmates’ posts. This is the perfect opportunity to set standards about your expectations for online communication from the start. Here are some tips for you to use in your expectations:
- Students write in full sentences.
- Students need to respond to at least two different classmates’ posts.
- Students should keep comments positive and uplifting.
- When students find something they disagree with, they should pose that disagreement as a question rather than as a direct statement.
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 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.
For students who struggle with writing, scaffold the activity leading up to the writing so they can digest it in smaller chunks. Have students write down what they know first, and then what they will need to learn to make their post successful. This will help give them a road map for confidence in their writing.
For students who struggle with video production, this is a perfect time to pair them with a student who does it really well and have them help each other on the project. Be available to those groups to make sure your students who are the “experts” do not end up entirely doing the project for the other student.
For your students who are ready for more of a challenge, have both the fifth and seventh grade students map out the video essay and collaborate on its production.