Matter Documentary Lesson Plan

Matter Documentary Lesson Plan

Summary

Summary:

In this lesson, the teacher will guide students in creating films that document the behavior of matter as demonstrated in various scientific experiments.

Time allotted: 1-5 weeks

Utah core standards: SEEd strand 5.2

Instructional Priorities: 

  • Explicit Instruction

  • Instructional Hierarchy

  • Acquisition, Automaticity, Application

DOK level: 4

Lesson sequence: This lesson can be taught at the end of the unit as a way for the teacher to review concepts with students and to allow students to show mastery. Or, the lesson can be adapted to be a unit plan in which students record experiments conducted as part of initial instruction instead of review.

Format: This lesson is planned for in-person, synchronous instruction.

Possible schedule:

  • Week 1 - Create groups, assign one objective per group, review background knowledge, choose experiments that demonstrate the concepts for each objective

  • Week 2 - Write scripts and create story boards for a documentary that explains, demonstrates, and applies each objective.

  • Week 3 - Conduct experiments, record data, record video of each experiment, gather all needed photos, and create related graphs, charts, graphics, etc.

  • Week 4 - Edit projects in iMovie, including graphics, graphs and/or charts, narration, video and photos, background music, titles, and credits.

  • Week 5 - Share and celebrate documentaries and submit them to the film festivals and/or contests.

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