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May 23, 2013 / Sarah Ludwig

Lesson Plan Share: Making Geometry Documentaries

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What makes a shape a shape? That’s the question that fifth graders are asking in their math classes right now. To answer the question, they’re making documentaries using the iMovie app on our school set of iPads ($5 or $2.50 with bulk purchasing). Here’s the lesson plan! It is taking two days (each class lasts for 45 minutes). See below for notes.

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(View on Sribd)

Notes not addressed in the lesson plan:

  • While the interviewer and interviewee work together in the classroom, I train the cameraperson and narrator on using iMovie and then walk around with them as they film.
  • The only features the students use in iMovie are titles and credits and transitions. Since they can film right in the app, there is no importing and they can re-shoot the clip as many times as they need.
  • The students’ teacher also worked with the students on brainstorming where their shape could be found–in the kitchen, in the classroom, in the natural world, etc. This helped them brainstorm how they were going to present their shapes.
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