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Main objective

Students will be able to create a video to showcase researching, informational writing and speaking skills.


Common Core State Standards- English Language Arts

Based on 1st grade.

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

A-m-a-z-i-n-g collaboration and research to create informative videos!

How COOL would it be to see your kids reporting live from the rainforest? Combine all of your research, writing, and speaking standards in a way that creates a super fun and engaging learning experience for kids! Use the green screen feature along with other video editing skills to produce an informational video for students to share what they’ve learned!

Suggested Steps
  • Students choose a rainforest animal based on classroom texts.
  • Front load researching skills
    • Searching for videos with the terms “For Kids” (example: Jellyfish for Kids)
    • Install Text-to-Speech extensions so websites can be read to students
  • Distribute and model the completion of the graphic organizer.
  • Transfer research from graphic organizer to paragraph form.
  • Practice fluency and reading paragraph aloud.
  • Also, find images that will serve as the background for the green screen video. Save to Drive.
  • Record the reading of the informational paragraph aloud in front of the green screen using the WeVideo webcam.
    • Allow students to bring in props.
    • Project words on a projector screen or hold up paper closeby for students to read.
  • Use the editor to produce the video research (directions here)
    • Green Screen layering
    • Adding a title
    • Upload videos as background
    • Scale Images
    • Increase volume
    • Publish Video
  • Create a playlist so students can access each other’s videos.
  • Give students opportunities to reflect
    • Self Reflect- fill out a rubric or checklist, answer questions
    • Give peer feedback
    • Make a plan for their next research video



Tips and tricks

  • Differentiation- Give students opportunities to practice before recording. Differentiate the actual research and writing process based on student needs (think of speech to text extensions, media sources, etc).
  • Encourage kids to bring in props- Makes it all the more “adorable”!
  • Self reflection after video publishing- Students could use a checklist along the way. Incorporate peer feedback and reflection throughout or at the end.
  • Check out my blog post for more video examples