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3rd Grade Video Illustrations are UP!

March 7, 2007

PBJ Time Video StillIn case you’ve missed them, three videos have been posted to the third grade blog.

They are “video illustrations” to student writing projects. Video illustrations help our audience connect to the writing, just like a photo or drawing would in a book.

Below are links to the Videos embedded on blog posts:

3-206 How-To Cookbook

3-307’s Persuasive Letter to the DOE

3-307’s Math Workshop (video illustration through guided practice with Mr. Rhys)

Ms. Abodeely and Ms. Lutz’s students created these videos by adapting a piece of their writing to make a video script, then deciding what to show on the screen and what sounds should go with the video images they planned to shoot by drawing storyboards. Students decided whether “close-ups”, “mid shots”, or “wide shots” worked best to communicate the message in their writing. Then they set up the camera shots based on their storyboards, recorded, and edited using iMovie software on a Mac laptop with Mr. Rhys. They selected music from iTunes that fit the tone they wanted to convey, and recorded narration, and added titles to pack in as much information as they could into these short pieces.

Video Illustrations can be completed in 3-4 class periods. We’ll be making more very soon, stay tuned!

– Mr. Rhys, TMS

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2007 6:33 pm

    THIS is real good can you do anather one?


  2. March 12, 2007 6:46 pm

    Hey Tatiana,

    Sure, we’ll get started this week on our next videos in your class and Ms. Lutz’s.

    Mr. Rhys, TMS

  3. March 15, 2007 3:08 pm


  4. Julie Abodeely permalink
    May 11, 2007 2:24 pm

    Hey Mr. Rhys-

    When can we get our African presentation videos on the blog???

    Ms. Abodeely

  5. May 11, 2007 4:58 pm

    Ms. A,
    When kids finish their videos they will compress them for the web, so they can be uploaded and linked to the blog.

    To do this, they will find the ‘Share’ or ‘Export’ option under the ‘File’ menu, and choose the Quicktime option from the window that pops up. Under quality they will choose ‘CD-ROM’. That will save a flat Quicktime file that we will upload to

    I can demonstrate on Tuesday.

    Mr. Rhys

  6. Mr Abodeely permalink
    June 7, 2007 12:47 am

    Hi To Everyone in Ms Abodeelys class. She has told me all about you and how proud she is of each one of her students. She really wants us [ her mother and father] to visit your class.

    Would that be ok with you? Please let me know.

    Mr Abodeely


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