As part of a topic we are currently doing on The Mayans and The Rainforest, we have been looking at drawing different Rainforest animals (Toucan, Gorilla, frogs etc). We have some great worksheets that show a step by step guide to creating these animals, even an artistically challenged individual, such as myself, can mange to create good animals!
We started by using these sheets to create the animals using our favourite drawing app on the iPad, Drawing Pad. At each stage the children took a screen shot of their drawing and soon had amassed a great selection of images to use in their instructional video.
To make this content exciting and engaging for the students we decided to create an instructional video, explaining the steps to draw their animal. The children were keen to use iMovie to create their video, as they have used this a lot, to great effect. But, the ‘Ken Burns’ effect that iMovie places on the images would have made the overall impact poor (this is removable, but is very fiddly for the children to master).
So we chose to use Shadow Puppet, one of those core apps that is always a great go to classroom resource! We added our photos, made sure the order was correct, added a title and then began to record our instructions, flicking between the images as we went. Once happy we exported this to the camera roll!
The next stage of our work, was to write instructions for drawing our animal. We dropped our excellent videos into Book Creator, photographed the learning objective for the lesson and began to write our instructions. Here is an example of one child’s instructions to draw a frog, with the Shadow Puppet video embedded inside the page.
The children found having the video as a prompt for them a great help, it also made them focus on the precise details they were adding into their instructions.
From a simple cross curricular drawing and writing activity, we added in film making, speaking and listening skills and lots of fun! A great fun afternoon with great outcomes!