Rainforest - Deforestation Photostory Lesson Plan (Richard Jones, Pontybrenin Primary School, Wales)
Use Microsoft Photostory to create a story based on a rainforest theme.
Key Skills Framework (Curriculum 2008) - Australia
ICT - Create and present information and ideas by combining a variety of different forms of
information, including text, images and music files, with a developing sense of audience for their work.
Communication - Communicate with increasing confidence to peers and others. Begin to modify their talk to the requirements of the audience, using a growing vocabulary. Listen to the contributions of others, considering their points of view. Be flexible in discussions and respond aptly to what they hear.
Thinking - Form opinions and make decisions by weighing up some pros and cons. Follow the planned process/method, making some amendments where necessary.
Differentiation – By learning objective and by teacher intervention. Support assistants to provide help when needed. Pupils to work in mixed ability pairs. M.A.T. will add motion to their pictures.
By the end of the lesson:
All pupils (L.A.) will be able to use captured images to produce a simple video.
Most Pupils will be able to understand that ICT can be used to develop images on a screen.
Some Pupils (M.A.T) will be able to understand that images combine with music can convey a powerful meaning.
Introduction: Explain to pupils that today they are going to create a simple video using still images based on the rainforest. Share Learning objectives and Intended Outcomes with pupils. Show them an example of a Happy Rainforest Photo story. Hand out an envelope pack to pupils one between two (envelop pack contains a range of rainforest photos and deforestation photographs). Give pupils 30 Seconds just to analyse the photographs in their heads. Next, in partners ask pupils to sort the photographs into two groups, give them two minutes to discuss and sort their photographs with their partner. Discuss with pupils the range of photographs they have sorted. Question pupils on which photos they like and dislike. Lead pupils towards which images make them feel happy and which images make them feel sad. Ask pupils to look at two pictures, a happy picture and a sad picture (in groups of 4-6), ask pupils to brainstorm and write words/emotions that the pictures make them feel onto their mini white boards. Envoy back to class.
Main: Take pupils to ICT Suite with their whiteboards to help them. Explain to pupils that they are going to either make a photo story either demonstrating the beautiful rainforest or either highlighting the painful side of deforestation. Show them where to find all the images they had in their envelop pack. Demonstrate the process to create the photo story:
- Import photos (5 to 8 at most)
- Add Captions to the photos and edit font
- Add music to the Photo story (discuss how different music helps create different emotions)
- Extension Work (M.A.T.) – Customize Motions
Invite pupils to demonstrate to class how to complete the skills above.
Plenary: Pupils to save work and invite pupils to present their photo story to the class. Question pupils on how they created their photo story and why they used certain ICT features. Ask pupils how different presentations made them feel?
Can pupils create a photo story from still images that includes a variety features? (Custom motions, range of font, added music etc.)
- Rainforest Power Point -a range of rainforest and deforestation photographs in an envelop - mini whiteboards or A4 paper - Microsoft Photostory
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