Using Trailers and Video to Engage Learners
Movie Trailers and TeacherCreated Videos are great ways to hook the students into a lesson or keep them engaged throughout a lesson. Whether you are introducing a new book or a new unit of study, you can create a trailer or video as a hook to peak interest and cause a buzz of excitement among your students or use it to teach the content. Click on the various TRAILERS & VIDEOS below for examples of ways I used them to introduce new units of study and teach content and note taking.
I created this TRAILER as a hook for a workshop I was giving on Engaging the Learner using Technology. This is an example of one way to use a trailer as an introduction to a workshop or presentation.
Language Arts Lesson
Learning About Prepositions
When I was preparing to start a mini unit on prepositions, I was really dreading it. Getting kids to memorize ANYTHING today, is hard. I asked myself, "How can I get the kids excited to learn the prepositions?" So, after much thought, I made a TRAILER! We had just returned from 6th grade camp, so I had a lot of video of the students doing their group challenges. I thought it would be fun to use the footage of them at camp to introduce what prepositions are all about. The kids loved seeing themselves in the TRAILER. After viewing it the first time, we replayed the video and stopped it whenever a preposition was being demonstrated. This was a fun way to VISUALIZE prepositions.
Science Unit on Weather
Meteorology Will Blow Your Mind!
For a unit on WEATHER/METEOROLOGY, use this as a hook. It shows various weather situations and introduces some strong vocabulary.
I wanted my students to learn about Langston Hughes during a poetry unit along with ways to take notes. There was so much information about Langston, and the resources were above the students' reading levels. I created this video to teach note taking along with facts about Langston. As the students watched the video, I provided them with a note taking sheet to use during the video. We would stop the video at various places for the students to take notes before continuing on. For the NOTE TAKING SHEET click on the file BELOW.
Bringing a Poem To Life
Something Told the Wild Geese
by Rachel Field
When I was getting ready to start a poetry unit with my sixth graders, this poem "Something Told the Wild Geese" was in our textbook. I didn't want the kids to get turned off to poetry by starting with reading this poem and answering questions. So I took the poem and put it into iMovie adding narration, music, and images. The students loved listening to the poem with images and reading along with the printed words. They were so excited when they realized it was me narrating and the fact that I made this video. They asked if they could do the same thing with a poem. By starting with this video, I hooked the kids into doing something with poetry, not just reading poems and answering questions.
Learning How to Take Notes
What Writers Do
I was introducing a new unit in my writing class. I wanted the students to understand what authors do before they start writing. I also wanted to teach them how to take notes. So, I created this video about different authors. I provided a special note taking template for the students to use. We stopped the video to review, discuss, and take notes. So the kids were learning about the writing process at the same time as practicing note taking. To get the note taking sheet, click on the document below titled "What Authors Do."