Over winter break, I started thinking about my next big reading unit. I decided I wanted to do a unit on biographies. I started pinning ideas on Pinterest and brainstorming directions this unit could go with fellow colleagues. I knew I wanted my third grade class to research influential people, learn how to take notes, and share their understandings with the class.
I kept circling back to the thought, “How neat would it be if a student who was fascinated with President Obama could snap his/her fingers and appear at the White House?” I couldn’t think of anything more meaningful. But how would I help my students get to the White House? And what if their famous figures had passed? This was an obstacle. Will teleportation one day exist? It’s hard to tell with the rate technology is advancing, but in the meantime, I wanted to find an authentic, unique way for my students to connect with the individuals they would be studying.
This brought me to the idea of using a green screen to capture the students giving biographical speeches from anywhere around the world.
Celia Cruz - green screen: a stage
Horace Pippin - green screen: an art studio
Bessie Coleman - green screen: an airplane
In this video, I used the free version of Veescope Live, which is why it it has a watermark. With my students, I used the full version. The cost was $2.99, and it removed the watermark. Without further ado, I present you Ms. Wortinger, the news anchor:
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Replicate my biography unit, culminating in green screen presentations, or create something of your own!