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10 Video Projects Every Teacher Should Try

  1. Make a Book Trailer: Challenge students to design a movie-style trailer that excites their classmates about a must-read novel or nonfiction book.
  2. Try Digital Storytelling: Digital storytelling is a great format for students to share more about their lives or to present about a person in history.
  3. Film a Thank You Note: If you need to thank a visitor to your class or an awesome parent volunteer, try filming rather than writing a thank you note. Your students’ smiles will be a memorable token of appreciation!
  4. Keep Parents Informed: Have small groups take turns writing a brief summary of what you learned on a weekly or monthly basis and then filming it, news report-style, to share with families.
  5. Make a How-To Video: Invite kids to practice their informative writing skills by making short videos that explain how to bake a cake, ride a skateboard or shoot a soccer goal.
  6. Take a Stand: If your students are fired up about an issue at your school (like the length of their passing periods, for example), have them make videos sharing their opinions and/or asking for change.
  7. Recreate a Favorite Story: As a class, film your own version of “Chrysanthemum” or “The Tale of Despereaux”—it’s a great way to practice key reading skills like summarizing and comprehension.
  8. Make a Commercial: Commercials are persuasive writing at their most distilled—have students make one for your school playground or a local attraction.
  9. Try Stop-Action: Stop-action movies are a fun way to document a science experiment, whether it’s cell meiosis or growing a bean sprout in a paper cup.
  10. Tour Your School: A student-led tour of your school, from the cafeteria to the library to the front office, is a nice resource for sharing with new students and visitors.