This project is a perfect blend of art, technology, and storytelling. The fourth and fifth graders began by creating construction paper portraits of a character from the Christmas story - an angel, a wise man, a shepherd, Mary, or Josep. Features were outlined with black Sharpie marker. Then students added another layer of color using chalk pastels.
Here is a student created video showing some of the students at work with this project.
When students were finished, they wrote a first person narration telling about the Christmas story from their character's perspective.
Finally, they used the FaceJack app to photograph their artwork and record their story. FaceJack allows you to select an area for a mouth, and that area will move up and down as you record your talking, creating talking artwork!
Here are a few examples of the students' completed videos:
Bethlehem Eyewitness - Angel by Caroline from Southfield Christian School on Vimeo.
Wiseman - by Dubem from Southfield Christian School on Vimeo.