Last year's grade 7 class did a little above average on their photography unit and had some success with their video making projects. I thought it would be interesting to combine a textile project (making puppets ), with creating a storyboard, and doing a video puppet show.
The project had two main learning objectives: the puppet making and video making/editing skills (which includes: transitions, sounds, lighting, composition (framing), to name a few. They were allowed to use a green screen or create their own backgrounds.
In total, the week project lasted almost three weeks. The weakest aspects of the videos were the story lines-they were a bit long and drawn out. There was also a lack of dynamics that would have given the characters energy. Many of the voices were monotone and unexcited sounding. By far the best parts were the puppets and backgrounds. I would do this project again in the future, but maybe insist more on the dramatic aspect of the project.
Below are the puppets sans videos.