Ever since our field trip to the Big Eyes, Big Minds Film Festival, we have been very interested in film making as a format for storytelling. For the last two weeks we have been working in small groups to create our own original films. Last week we learned how to use the iStopMotion app to record movement. This week we used the Garage Band app to compose soundtracks to our films - thinking about what types of sounds and musics match with our stories. Today we used iMovie to combine our films and music. We also added title and credit screens. We hope you enjoy our films!
The short films we saw inspired us to make our own films. We have been working in small groups to plan, collect materials for, and record films using the iStopMotion app. We have had to work very cooperatively for this experience - sharing and adapting our ideas, and taking turns photographing on the iPad. We have also had to show a lot of commitment and perseverance as it takes a long time to take enough photos for only one short video! Next week we will add sound to our films.
As an extension of our learning about the story, we used our PYP key concept Perspective to think from the points of view of the pigs and wolf after reading The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! We thought of ideas and questions from these two perspectives.
We also discussed whether the wolf and pigs are principled - one of our PYP Learner Profile traits.
Our favourite ongoing Three Little Pigs projects were our set-designs and drama retells. Here we are constructing the little pigs' houses and acting out the story on our outdoor stage. We have been developing dramatic techniques like voice projection and using our bodies and faces to show feelings and emotions.
After sharing the book and giving a drawing demonstration, we shared some of our own original books with Fleur. How exciting to get some feedback from a real author and illustrator! Thank you Fleur!
For the last few weeks we have been exploring the story Little Red Riding Hood in different ways. This week, we finished some storytelling projects related to this inquiry.
Gracie, Eddie, Kotoha and Jumi shared a dramatic performance of an original story called 'Little Red Riding Hood and the Monstrous Nightmare':
Carlotta shared her artistic fold-out story, sequencing her favourite version of the story:
Jay and Kotaru shared their book of an original story called 'Little Red Riding Hood and the Tornado':
Rui shared his book of an original story called 'Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Scary Monsters That Can Turn to Anything':
In addition to English versions of the story, we have listened to and viewed Little Red Riding Hood in five different languages: Japanese, Italian, Korean, sign language, and Mandarin!!
Next week, we will complete our Little Red Riding Hood storytelling projects and present our finished work to our classmates.
During our independent Work on Writing time, we have been practicing 'reading the pictures' in picture books and adding words using sticky notes and our emergent writing skills.
This week we reflected on this work and our questions with a philosophy discussion:
During our discussion, we shared many theories. Some of us even changed our original ideas when we heard and considered the ideas of our friends. Through this discussion, Ms. Alison learned a few key things about our understandings:
Next week we will consider the question: Can one picture tell a story? as this remains a point of cognitive conflict for us.