The cast: seven year old grandson, five year old grandson, two year old granddaughter, two grandparents.
The challenge: create a time of fun that does not involve empty calories, too much screen time, and/or bodily harm. And the bonus, working toward meeting some of the CCSS.
Grandma: Okay, we’re going to make a movie to show Mom and Dad when they get home.
Youngest Grandson: I want laser fighting.
Only Granddaughter: I want chickens.
Grandma: Sure. Two kinds of fighting. And chickens. Maybe some books you like? Let’s make a storyboard.
The boys fill in the squares on the storyboard. Nerf guns are loaded. The boys plan the action. Oldest Grandson will ambush Youngest Grandson. After three rehearsals Youngest Grandson perfectly manages a look of surprise when ambushed. Plenty of drama to film.
Only Granddaughter: It is time for chickens now?
Boots on, we all troop out to the backyard. Garfield, Bob, and Cluck-Cluck hit their marks with the help of some scattered grain and are introduced, along with a tour of the coop. It’s a one take scene.
The image gets a bit shaky as Grandma films the laser fight scene with Only Granddaughter hanging onto one arm. Grandpa whisks her away for reading time before a full-on tantrum can develop.
The boys hold up books they like and retell their favorite parts. Adventures with a lunch lady and the virtues of Ben Ten are explained. Only Granddaughter, now calm, looks through a favorite book and finds a page with a picture of a cow to tell about.
The boys view what has been filmed so far and give critiques.
Oldest Grandson: Can you cut the part at the end of the nerf gun fight so everyone can tell I won and there was no fighting back?
Youngest Grandson: I like the way I used the Force to win the laser fight.
Oldest Grandson: Now we need a title! And credits!
Everyone huddles around the tablet to see the finished product. Everyone is immensely satisfied.
The Award Ceremony:
Mom and Dad are greeted with excited shouts. “We made a movie. See our movie! The chickens are in it.” The movie is viewed with delight, compliments, applause.
Kudos to the supporting cast:
SL 2.4. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
SL 2.5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Are the CCSS exciting and fun? How are you making it happen?
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