I have the benefit of having a student teacher this semester, so I have been spending tons of time on special projects that will positively impact my students this year. I've even been able to do assessments without stopping instruction. Wa-hoo!
One of the cool things that I tested was using a green screen in order to create book reviews for my students. Using my iPad, a green screen (available on Amazon for about $20), and some clip art. In our district we use the Units of Study by Calkins (new version reflection the CCSS). For opinion/ review writing, we ending with a celebration. Students used their published piece to read aloud, along with the book. It was so EASY.
Here is the app I used for $2.99: iTunes Link
Because my students are so stinkin' cute, I posted their videos. Be kind, as it was my first effort. Next year, I'll pretty it up with an intro and closing credits :)
You may notice that there are only 18 of them.... Some students did not produce the work necessary to publish. This was a natural consequence of their effort during workshop :(. I was so torn - but that's a story for another time!