Example for your group plan

Five Frame Story Telling
Curriculum Area:
English - Viewing & Presenting
Visual Art - Photography
Year Level:
Suitable for all levels (just modify to suit needs of your class)
Learning Intentions:
WALT create and use powerful images to convey our message.
WALT use different angles & effects to create a particular mood or atmosphere in a photo.
Success Criteria:
  • 5 Frame story is carefully planned using a storyboard.
  • At least 2 different camera angles are used.
  • Each photo has been composed using the rule of thirds.
  • Photos are in focus.
  • Photos show the main character/action - there isn't a lot of distracting/unrelated background.
Learning Tasks:
  • Look at examples of 5 Frame stories created by other children at http://www.flickr.com/groups/tellyourstorykids/
  • Discuss what makes an effective 5 Frame Story. Children could do this in groups or pairs & report back to the class.
  • Investigate different types of camera angles (suggested websites & print resources to come).
  • What is the rule of thirds? Investigate this by comparing & discussing sample photographs ( could be on Flickr, printed out, poster, magazine, postcard, what ever works).
  • Sandpit time number 1 - Children in groups of 3 are given the digital camera and sent off to photograph a part of the playground. Make it a rule that they have to to take their picture from 5 different angles and each group member must take 5 photos. (So you would expect 15 photos from that group).
  • Transfer photos to the computer. Each group member is to choose the one they like best to keep & discard the rest. They have to be able to explain why they chose to keep that particular photo.
  • Experiment with photo editing tools at this point of you like.
  • Discuss how photographers take many photos just to find one good one. Why might they do that? Gather ideas.
  • Children plan and storyboard their 5 frame story in groups.
  • Children take photos based on storyboard.
  • Select final 5 ready to upload to Flickr site.
  • Self assess/Peer assess against criteria.
  • Transfer 5 frame photos to a Photostory movie as an extension task.

Example for your group brainstorm

Using technology in the Arts
  • Paint/Kidpix or similar to create artworks e.g. observational drawings, imaginary worlds.
  • Photoshop or Gliffy to play around with pictures, create collage type effects.
  • Photography unit
  • Use Google Sketch Up to plan 3D constructions BEFORE you create them.
  • Create a Glogster that includes photos, sound bites & video clips of your performance in music.
  • Use Google Sketch Up to create artworks in their own right.
  • Create a VoiceThread of children's work - don't forget to include a slide with the learning intention. Get children to talk about how they created the art work, why they made particular choices. What they like about it and why. What they'd change about it and why. Have others - teacher/peers/parents/principal add what they like about it. How they think it meets the learning intention. Suggestions for possible changes to this piece or for next time.
  • Do the same as above, only this time make it video footage of a group dance performance/music performance/drama performance. Or you could use the sound recording button to capture the recorder being played. Then follow same procedure.
  • Create a VoiceThread with examples of photos or artworks created by others (creative commons of course). Ask questions and engage in discussion about the art work (or performance). A good way to do art appreciation.
  • Set up a collaborative arts project with another class or school. e.g. The Monster Project) where you send each other instructions on how to draw your monster (or what ever) then have a go at drawing them. Post to blog/wiki/voicethread or even a video Skype call to share, discuss and fedback on finished products.
  • Perform a reader's theatre script as a podcast.

Example for your group digital tool exploration

Tool 1 - Photostory
Pluses -
  • Music creator so no worries about copyright.
  • Can change speed & intensity of music.
  • Can change music volume so it doesn't over power speech.
  • Easy drop and drag feature for reordering slides
  • Next & Back buttons to move between steps/stages
  • Can add special effects to images
  • Special effects can be placed on all images or just specific ones.
  • Easy to use voice recorder
  • Import picture files from your computer so can use photos, paint graphics, etc
  • Can drop powerpoint slides in if you have exported them as jpegs to save before hand.
  • Saves as a .wmv file & can be uploaded to Teachertube. (You can use an online conversion site like Zamzar to make it playable on a Mac - .mov or an ipod mp4 for sharing with families).
  • Playback/preview features at several points in the process so you can check how it will look.
  • Set the time a slide is displayed.
  • Slides can just appear normally or you can use cursor dragging tool to select a start point and finish point for your slide to be revealed a bit at a time.
  • Younger children should be able to use it with support & scaffolding.
  • It's a free download.

Minuses -
  • A bit fiddly if you want loud music in parts & soft in others as there is no function to lower volume part way through. You have to actually Create a new sound bite and place it on the slide you want played at the different volume.
  • Not multi platform ( although you could use iMovie on a Mac & Kidpix would probably do the trick too).
  • Can't embed video into it at all.
  • Have to click all the way back through to the step you require if you get to the end and change your mind, realise you've forgotten something, or discover a spelling error you want to fix.
  • Kids could get carried away with the special effects on pictures - the xray/negative effect for example could be over used.

Interesting -
  • Online support & tutorials available.
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Any other thoughts, ideas, opinions or questions.