Second Grade: Symmetrical Name Creatures

Second grade scientists took inspiration from nature, and discovered insect-like creatures hidden within the shapes and lines in their names to create these wonderful, symmetrical name creatures. They took it a step further and examined each other’s name creatures, considering the purpose of each detail, from wings, to pincers and antennae. Here are some of the results!
















Fifth Grade: Stop-Motion Animations

The last time I did this project almost three years ago:

  • It was my first year of teaching (so clearly, it was the perfect time to pick such an involved project)
  • It was done with fourth graders who were very new to me, and I new to them
  • The assignment was wide open. No theme. (Really Ms. Ejaz?! We can do whatever we want?!)
  • We used digital cameras
  • I pulled all of the photos into Windows Movie Maker, adjusted the frames per second
  • I had each team individually record their sounds onto my laptop
  • Then I went back into Movie Maker and saved each movie
  • Then I uploaded each video to Youtube
  • Whew.

Fast forward to this year, and I’d like to thank two technological advancements and my common sense:

  • iPads
  • The Lego Stop-Motion Movie App
  • Theme: Food!

With this in place, I barely had to help with the technical process, which left more time for me to communicate with each group about their creative process and observe their team-working skills. The app was extremely easy to use, and had some very handy features. One of my favorites was something we ended up calling the “Ghost,” a feature that leaves a ghost image of the last frame that was captured, allowing you to better control the amount of movement from frame to frame. So cool!

We spent the last day of the unit with popcorn and a premier of all of the fifth grade films (43 total!). I’m really going to miss these guys.

Here are a few:

The Wedding of Brownie and Milk

Happy Hot Dogs

The Wing Fight

See the rest of them here: