Are you looking for a fun way to have your students make meaningful observations and then explain them scientifically? If so, then this project is for you.
Students are asked to work individually or in groups of 2-3 students. They will identify an event in nature that takes a long time to unfold (4 hours or more) and document that on film using time lapse that will produce 30-40 images of the changing event. Be prepared to see a lot of molding bread, fruit, sunsets, and spider webs!
Students are highly engaged as they are allowed to use phones, tablets, webcams or digital cameras. Students will research the science behind the changes they observe, write a short script and assemble these pieces entirely in a movie they narrate using Photo Story or similar application.
Included in this bundle is:
* 15 slide PowerPoint of directions and time lapse examples.
* An example time-line for the project that can be modified to meet your needs.
* A 7 page word document that includes 2 pages of student instructions, 1 page for the project proposal with rubric, 1 page rubric for assessing the photos, 1 page instructions and rubric for the script, 1 page rubric for the final movie, and a 1 page sheet of student reflection questions to be used at the end of the project.
This is a fun way for students to follow their interests, work collaboratively, and engage in scientific research. I introduce this project during the first week of school but it can be used anytime during the year. Enjoy