First graders in Adrienne Barber’s class at John Sinnott Elementary held a film festival on March 11, where they showed off their cinematic work. Parents and students walked down the red carpet, viewed 30 student created films, and all students were awarded Oscars for outstanding film-making.
Students created individual green screen and collaborative fairy tales. For the green screen films, students researched a science or social studies topic (ranging from potatoes to guinea pigs to Angel Falls in South America). They then wrote a top 10 list and created art to be used in the film. Students uploaded a background and used a green screen app for filming.
Students read and listened to a variety of fairy tales for the collaborative film. They chose groups, focused on telling a new version of a traditional tale (“Three Little Pigs” or “Little Red Riding Hood”). Students worked together to create a background, create a storyline, act, direct, and produce a short film.
“The film festival is so much fun!!!! I am sure kids would have had lots of fun making props and acting in it. Anvitha loved the mini oscar gift that you gave. Thank you very much!!!!”
“It was a great learning experience for the kids. I think it supported the regular instruction and training they get with reading and narrating and helped them develop self confidence while using creativity to visualize and be explicit in story telling. The kids were all so proud of what they did and that’s great and credit goes to you. I think it also opened up a new bonding experience for us as parents with our kids to understand their thinking and being more open to share stories and experiences effectively. Thank you for it. I enjoyed being there.”
“Great Project by first graders. It really helps them to work as a team helping each other, helps the kids to come up with sentences on a topic or how to extend a story with some flow and enact with toys. I have never seen this kind of project before to expose their skills. Very thoughtful idea. Kudos to Mrs. Barber."
“It was fun. Our families got to come. We got to enjoy spending time with our families.”
“We ate popcorn!”
“Some of the videos are actually funny.”
“It was funny!”