Please Note : Having a subscription to Brain Pop will make this project Easier to complete, However you can use free Videos provided by the site.
Suggestions for when to use this project
End of Unit: Have students use a unit you have studied and dig deeper by researching and presenting something that you did not teach. (I.E. Oregon trial – Food on the trail)
End of Year: Have students choose a subject that you have previously taught this year and make a video to help teach the students next year. You can have your whole class focus on a subject area or let them pick their favorite units of the year. (I.E. Math-long division, or adding fractions)
Extension Project: Have students who have finished a unit early? Challenge them with a topic to research and have them complete this project on their own.
Grouping: This project works best when students are in groups of 3.
What is Included: A full lesson plan is provided with tips and instruction pointers that can be used for your lesson plans.
Graphic Organizers and worksheets for each lesson.
Assessments including exit slips for mini lessons, rubrics for the project and end of unit student reflections.
Lesson 1: What makes a Brain Pop video
Objective: Students will be able to identify the elements of a Brain Pop video, including characters, story structure and writing elements.
Summary of Lesson: (Lesson will take at least 2 -3 class periods)
What Makes a Brain Pop Video- This lesson guides students to understand what an author uses to make a series and asks students to analyze multiple Brain Pop videos. Students will watch several videos in order to complete brain storming sheets to help them develop their own video at the completion of the project.
Assessment provided: exit slip
Lesson 2: Planning and Research
Objective : Students will be able to use multiple resources to research a topic.
Summary of Lesson: (This is a multiple day lesson plan)
Part One - Narrowing Topics: Teaching students to find a topic that is specific and narrow enough to create a 2 minute video
Part Two - Main Idea & Details: Using Main idea to generate details that will be researched individually
Part Three - Research: Using multiple resources in order to create notes and vocabulary to create a script
Assessment Provided: exit slip
Lesson 3 Script Writing
Objective: Students will be able to identify parts of a script and use the format in order to create their own script.
Summary of Lesson: (Lesson will take multiple days to complete)
Part 1: Students will analyze parts of a script in order to highlight formatting.
Part 2: Students will do a shared writing in order to see how to transform their research into a script using the script outline worksheet.
Part 3 : Students will use a script writing checklist in order to write their own scripts.
Assessment Provided: Rubric
Lesson 4 Storyboard
Objective : Students will use storyboards as part of the pre-filming process in order to visualize their script.
Summary of Lesson:
This is a multiple day lesson plan
Part 1: Students will learn about storyboards, including their use and how they help to create a plan for their video project.
Part 2: Students will work in groups to create a storyboard for their video.
Assessment Provided: Rubric
Filming- A guide to help support making the filming process easier, rubrics and student reflection for the project.