by Mary Baker

SmartSpace@NIU Lesson Plan Creative Creatures

Lesson Information

Lesson Author(s)

Mary Baker

Lesson Length

2-5 class sessions, depending on length of class session and depth of activities

Lesson Overview

Get Inspired

Look at a children’s story about an imaginative creature- Where the Wild Things Are…Dr. Seuss Story

Create

Create your own creature using a drawing program.  You can also use the craft materials provided and take pictures of your creations with a digital camera.  Create a series of at least 5 images that tell a story about your creature in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss.

Collaborate

Work in groups to collaborate on your stories.  Google Docs can be used to accomplish this task.  If time allows, turn your story into a digital slideshow and share with your peers via a social media tool. 

Tags/Metatags

No text or image added.

Grade Level(s)

K-12

K-3 (teacher may have to adjust what technologies are used, such as using Tux Paint rather than the other suggested graphics tools to create the graphics.  The collaborative docs may need to be bookmarked or set as a shortcut on the desktop).

Standards

Standards

IL-ISBE-ELA-CC-2010.K-12.W.R.3
Text Types and Purposes: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
IL-ISBE-ELA-CC-2010.K-12.W.R.5
Production and Distribution of Writing: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
IL-ISBE-ELA-CC-2010.K-12.W.R.6
Production and Distribution of Writing: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
IL.SEL.31A.2a
Describe a range of emotions and the situations that cause them.
IL.SEL.31C.4a
Identify strategies to make use of resources and overcome obstacles to achieve goals.

Objectives

Objectives

  • Students will use drawing software or various materials and a digital camera to illustrate an imaginative creature. 
  • Students will write a story to describe their creature and a situation or challenge that the creature encounters.
  • Students demonstrate how to produce a video slideshow that integrates images and narration that they have created to tell a story in an interesting way.
  • Students will engage in an activity that addresses the Common Core English Language Arts standards, IL Fine Arts standards, NETS*S, NETS*T, and Social/Emotional Learning standards.

Assessment

Rubric for Video Slideshow

Rubric
  Target (6 pts) Meets (4 pts) Partially Meets (3 pts) Does Not Meet
Composition(1, 20%) Effectively demonstrates understanding of designing a video composition for a specific purpose. Demonstrates adequate understanding of designing a video composition for a specific purpose but one of the video elements does not reinforce the purpose. Attempts to demonstrate understanding of designing a video composition but the product provides limited evidence of this knowledge. Does not demonstrate understanding of designing a video composition.
Use of Visuals(1, 20%) Inventively and successfully chooses tools and techniques to produce a work that creates great visual interest. Appropriately chooses tools and techniques to produce a work that creates visual interest. Chooses tools or materials to produce the visuals, but a choice of tool or technique does not match the desired outcome. Does not choose appropriate tools or materials to produce the visuals.
Use of Audio(1, 20%) Inventively and successfully chooses tools and techniques to produce a work that creates great audial interest. Appropriately chooses tools and techniques to produce a work that creates audial interest. Chooses tools or materials to produce the work, but a choice of tool or technique does not match the desired outcome. Does not choose appropriate tools or materials to produce the work.
Product Content(1, 20%) The product relates well to the creator's intended message, and the message is apparent to the audience. The product mostly relates to the creator's intended message, and the message is somewhat apparent to the audience. The product partially relates to the creator's intended message, and the message is confusing to the audience. The product does not relate to the creator's intended message, and the message is not at all clear to the audience.
Requirements(1, 20%) Meets all of the requirements for the project. Meets most of the requirements for the project. Meets some of the requirements for the project. Does not meet the requirements for the project.

Materials & Resources

Materials & Resources

Examples of drawing software:

  • www.Pixlr.com (free, web-based/multiplatform)
  • Paint.net (web-based/multiplatform)
  • Photoshop/Photoshop Elements (Expensive Program/available for Mac/PC)
  • Gimp (free download from http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ Mac/PC/Linux)

Online collaborative writing software:

Student Example

Student example from Sara Thompson

 

Procedures

Procedures

Look at a children’s story about an imaginative creature- Where the Wild Things Are…Dr. Seuss Story

Have the students create their own creature using a drawing program.  They can also use physical materials and take pictures of their creations with a digital camera.  They can create a series of at least 5 images that tell a story about a creature in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss.

Students will need to consider the following during the creation of their product…

  • What does your creature look like?
  • Describe a situation that the creature experiences and the range of emotions that the creature feels. (IL.SEL.31A.2a)
  • What did the creature do to overcome any challenges or to address the situation?
  • What did the creature learn or gain as a result of the situation or challenge?

Examples of drawing software:

  • Pixlr (free, web-based/multiplatform)
  • Paint.net (web-based/multiplatform)
  • Photoshop/Photoshop Elements (Expensive Program/available for Mac/PC)
  • Gimp (free download from http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ Mac/PC/Linux)

Students can use a Google doc that is shared with those as a link to collaborate on their story and add images and text. 

Each group can have a separate Google doc, and the links to the docs can be copy/pasted into the chart below, which can be placed in the learning management system or on the lab computers where the students can work, so they click on their link in the table.  

Group

Link

Group 1

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NscykXt_mhVVVVL8Adx-ryaP0YeKxxAPrdVmOaBXzzI/edit?usp=sharing (example- make a copy and change the sharing options to anyone with the link in your Google drive acct)

Group 2

 

Group 3

 

Group 4

 

Group 5

 

Group 6

 

Group 7

 

Group 8

 

Group 9

 

Group 10

 

Group 11

 

Group 12

 

Group 13

 

Group 14

 

Group 15

 

Import pictures into a slideshow creation program to which you can add narration. 

  • Photo Story or Movie Maker (PC) both are free downloads from http://www.microsoft.com
  • PowerPoint (Expensive Program/available for Mac/PC)
  • iMovie or GarageBand (Mac) free

Export your video to one of the following acceptable formats for submission: .mp4, .wmv, .mov, .avi, or .mpg

The file name of the video needs to include the student’s last name and the words creature show.

Share your creature stories by uploading them to the Creature Story Class Sharing Center, which is located a