Tyrani Bevell
Material Type:
Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • Lesson Plan
  • filmmaking
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Media Formats:

    Education Standards

    Video Lesson Project

    Video Lesson Project


    Thumbnail photo:  "File:Nuvola Math and Inf.svg" by Vojtěch Pikal is marked with CC0 1.0 


    This is a lesson plan that can be used in any class and for any subject.  The idea is to have the students review the content learned over the term, pick one of the concepts, and create a mini video lesson on the chosen concept.  This is a project in place of a term final, but can be used at any time!

    I have tagged only a few math standards because this lesson applies to all content and all standards.


    In this lesson, the students will create a video lesson explaining a concept from the term, in place of a term final.  This will take approximately 3 class periods (each 75ish minutes).  This can be done synchronous, asynchronous, face-to-face, virtual, etc.

    Computers and phones are needed for this lesson.

    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, you will need to know how to help the students edit their videos and teach them digital citizenship skills, along with citing sources properly.  Creative commons has amazing resources to use and the citations are already made.  This makes it easy for our students to cite properly.



    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to create a lesson video explaining a topic from the term's material.
    • Students will be able to cite media correctly.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students create a video, approximately 3-5 minutes, teaching a topic in math.  
    • Students cite all media correctly.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of all material in their current term.  They are to teach a mini lesson based on a topic they have learned.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Students can extend the topic to how it is applied in future classes.  Students with 504s or IEPs can make a shorter video with fewer examples, or they can make a poster depending on their accommodations.  

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Day 1:

    Introduce the project and explain what's expected: a lesson video.  Show them an exemplar film.  I'll attach 2 videos:  one without a person in the video and just a voice overlay, and another one with no voice overlay but worked out solutions--this one hasn't been edited, so it may be a good example of a rough draft.

    Spend the 10 minutes going over film techniques.  I'll attach another video to help with this.  Explain the correct way to use lighting, sound, music, rule of thirds, background, etc.

    Before the students begin their project and start finding resources, spend about 15 minutes leading the students through Creative Commons.  Show the students how to search for media, where to find the citation for it, and what all of the symbols mean on the citation so that the students understand what exactly is expected of them.  

    Give the students the next 10 minutes to look back over the term notebook and concepts they have learned.  By the end of the 10 minutes, the students should have their topic picked for the video.  The students will submit their topic idea in a canvas quiz.

    The students will spend the rest of class creating a storyboard for their film.  They most likely will not finish, so this will be finished on Day 2.  A link is attached for a storyboard template.


    Day 2:

    The students will spend all class finishing their storyboard and filming their video.  The teacher will be walking around, monitoring, and assisting when necessary.  It may get loud, so allow the students to film quietly in the hallways. By the end of the day, students will upload either the rough draft of their film or their storyboard to canvas for peer review.  Each student will review 3 other students' films or storyboards and write a review.


    Day 3:  The students will review their peer feedback and finish making their film.  This will include making edits due to the peer feedback, music, voice layover, credits, citations, making the video sharable, etc.  By the end of class, the students should have completed the final draft of their film and uploaded it to canvas.  




    Step 4 - Assessments