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Create a video documentary on local biota and historical uses of the biota:


Major Projects are a way for students to apply the skills and information they learned from the variety of lessons in a given unit. For the unit concerning Biodiversity students create a video concerning some aspect of the local biota that is cultural or historical. This allows them to share what they learn with each other, other students and possibly with the general public. It will take approximately three weeks to complete this video.
  The suggestions for this Major Projects is to implement it near the completion of the background lessons. The decision about when to implement the Major Project is left up to the teacher.
  Students create a script and film a video documentary that informs the viewer about the local biota, traditional or medicinal uses of local plant and animal species, and issues of interest to the community about the surrounding natural environment. This project can be done in partnership with a media technology class, or if you have access to digital video cameras and computers, it can be done in the classroom using digital video editing software.
Variations on the theme:
  Create a video documentary about any of the environmental health topics addressed throughout the year.
  Create a short Public Service Announcement that can be viewed during the school's announcements (if they are video announcements) or shared with local TV channels.
Possible Partners:
  Media technology class, a major appliance store like Best Buy or Circuit City to donate a digital video camera, government parks and recreation agencies, local groups that work toward the preservation of land or cultural heritage.
  Students will:
· Work cooperatively in groups to develop assigned sections of a video documentary.
· Apply their knowledge of local biota, biodiversity, and cultures.
· Explore career opportunities in the fields of media, environmental science, pharmacy, medicine, and land management.
  Making a Movie: Analog Video Production:
  Steps to a Great Movie
  Video Script/Storyboard/Planning Sheet:
  Video Production Lessons: Storyboarding:
  Lesson Plans for integrating desktop video into the curriculum:
  iMovie Gallery:
  Creating Digital Video: Tips for Making Great Videos
  Creating Digital Video: An Introduction to the Technical Stuff
  iMovie Video Tutorial:
  Working with Titles & Transitions in iMovie
  iMovie Tip and Tricks Put You in the Director's Chair:
  How to Make A Video
  Creating a script or storyboard will help ensure that you and your audience understands your intent.

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Marti Lindsey, Asst. Specialist: 520-626-7659

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