‘Tiger – the zoo keeper’ movie
This video is the product of one of our first Whole Class Language Learning Plans. The class had read a book called ‘Farmer Duck’. We focused on subject-verb-object-adverbial phrase sentences (modelled in the book), comprehension strategies and the purpose of narratives (to entertain, teach lessons, expose readers to a different context).
We linked the purpose of narratives to movies. We made a puppet show using the story line of the Farmer Duck but related it to the theme ‘the zoo’. We interviewed a zoo keeper using video conferencing equipment to build the field.
All the students had jobs when making the movie – sound recordist (microphone), set designer (choosing scenes on the interactive whiteboard), director (saying action), puppeteers and narrators. We divided the students into groups: Orientation and Coda, Complication and Resolution. This ensured everyone had a role to play in the production.
Finally we set the classroom up as a cinema and invited students from other classes to watch the movie we had produced. The students made posters to put up around the school, we made pretend money, tickets and popcorn so children could practise the context specific language associated with dialgue at the cinema. Elements of the quality teaching framework were embedded into this Language Learning Plan – specifically from the Significance strand.
Here is some video footage of our cinema afternoon:
We hope you enjoyed our movie. Once we purchase better equipment our next aim will be to include music to set mood. Please leave comments as the children would love to read them.