Movie Making Week
Although this may seem a little ambitious, I think I will be able to pull together a small scale “movie” with the kids.
- Video Camera
- Editing Software (I use iMovie on my macbook)
- Talk about what it means to “act”.
- Practice acting exercises. Click Here for ideas.
- Watch a kids play on-line as an example of children acting on an amateur level. Click Here for an example.
- Choose or write a script. We will be acting out two of our favorite books. “Where’s Mark?” by Jacquie Hann and “The Little Red Hen” by Byron Barton.
- Read through books and assign parts.
- Create Costumes & Practice Lines.
- “Where’s Mark?” costumes are just pajamas.
- “The Little Red Hen” costumes:
- Hen (make the mask red and wear red shirt and pants)
- Pig Mask with pink shirt and pants,
- Duck – Color white baseball hat yellow with orange brim and 2 black eyes – wear yellow shirt and black pants and orange knee socks
- Cat Mask – black outfit
- 3 stuffed animal chicks
- Start filming! Get creative and film lots of takes. Set up scenes or record like a play.
Day 4: Edit
- If you have younger kids, like me, this will mostly be work for you. So while you are editing, here are some worksheets and ideas to keep the kids engaged:
- Make “Star” Posters: Cut out big yellow or gold stars. Children write “The Little Red Hen starring (their name) As (name of character)” and decorate.
- Make cookies in the shape of a star
- Story Map Worksheets
- Free Printable Worksheets: http://www.kidzone.ws/
Day 5: Movie Viewing Party
- Order some fun supplies here
- Invite family or friends over to see the movie.
- Have kids dress up like movie stars
- Lay down a red carpet (paper or runner)
- Set up a “Snack Stand” and offer snacks like popcorn, candy, soda, soft pretzels
- After viewing the movie, have an award ceremony and give each actor a Star Trophy for various awards – Best Duck, Best Costume, etc.
Leave a comment below and let me know what books or scripts you will be acting out!