Once they checked their list with me, they took a digital camera, a timer, and a hall pass, and headed out to take pictures of each type of simple machine/compound machine. We had talked extensively about what their expectations were. If they a teacher thought they were being too loud, they would be sent back to class and they would not get another chance to take pictures for their scavenger hunt. I had each group check in with me every 10 minutes, and I only had two digital cameras, so two groups out at a time.
Once they got their pictures taken, they downloaded them to the computer and began making an iMovie presentation. Here's the criteria that I told them I was looking for...the rest was up to them:
- 3 pictures of each type of simple machine (18 pictures)
- 3 pictures of compound machines (total of 21 pictures)
- Organized by type of machine
- Closing statement
Most groups added transitions and songs, and some included voice overs or even video recordings of themselves.
All of my students had a great time working on this project, and I was amazed at some of the simple machines they thought of!
Shaylyn, Sean, and Katie's Simple Machines iMovie