Happy Halloween!! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. We don't decorate much at my home but at school is a different story. We go pretty big for our big community event. Each year, I start October by having my students collaborate and come up with some ideas we could use to make some cool Halloween videos. They always come up with great stuff! Time is limited though, so not every idea can make it into a video but I do my best to include everyone who wants to be a part of it. This is also a time I discuss with my students on what copyright means. My videos are only for school purposes and are not uploaded to any site or platform on the internet or copied for parents or students.
So what do we do? Every class does something different. I collaborate with the PE teacher who works with the students on a particular song, dance, story etc and in my room, the students get to wear costumes and use props to help bring their choice to life the best we can. With my older grades, they are also the ones videoing.
So the tech side of it. I use the app DoInk on my classroom ipad and a green screen I bought off of Amazon (Together I only spent around $40 for app and screen) Don't want to buy a screen? No problem. A cheap green party tablecloth from the dollar store works great too! I use them for the "Magic" part of our videos. Shhhh! Don't tell. Also, maybe you just want to use puppets and tell a story. Paint an old cardboard box green and use paper puppets. Just make sure the object being used to move the characters is green and you're good to go!
Here are some pictures of just a few of videos this year. I love the outcome but man am I glad they are done. LOL
Green masks were used to help create these spooky effects!
A green tablecloth was used here to help our fourth skeleton dance around. These Spooky Skeletons did a great job with their video.
These guys showed off some great dance moves!
The "Invisibility cloak" was a big hit!
By far, this was one of my favorites! How cool that we got to dance with one of the official Men in Black!
These are just a few of the amazing videos we were able to create this year. Maybe it's inspired you to create some of your own.
Thanksgiving and Christmas, here we come!