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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Movie bugs program

Teacher checklist

Location

Your school

Cost

DoE $22 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $42 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600

Cost includes two school visits by Field of Mars teachers and program resources.

Risk assessment

Risk management plan 

COVID-19 safety plan

School preparation

Please provide one learning space, with a smart board, for all participating classes for the duration of the day. The space needs to accommodate multiple classes.

Students will need to complete the essential class lessons and create a script, storyboard and movie bug prop before the second visit.

Bring

Students wear hats, sports uniform and reusable name tag.

Supporting resources

Essentail class lessons (coming soon)

Invertebrate fact sheets

Invertebrate Explorer - available free from Apple Books

Parent/carer helpers

Day 1 - optional one to two parents per class

Day 2 - recommended two to three parents per class

No siblings

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Sick students or adults to stay at home.

Extreme or wet weather

Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. 

Cancellations

Cancellations with less than three school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather, fire danger or COVID-19 restrictions.


Suggested timetable

Time

Activity

Commence at 9.15
Morning session

Group 1 (maximum 2 classes)

Day 1 - invertebrate investigations 

Day 2 - Stop motion animation

Middle session

Group 2 (maximum 2 classes)

Day 1 - invertebrate investigations 

Day 2 - Stop motion animation

Afternoon session

Group 3 (maximum 2 classes)

Day 1 - invertebrate investigations 

Day 2 - Stop motion animation


Learning activities

Movie bugs is a literacy focused incursion program that engages students in stop motion animation projects using an iPad.

The program includes:

  • a hands-on investigation of the invertebrates found in your school

  • scripting, storyboard and prop development support

  • creation of a stop motion animation focused on the amazing features, habitats and life stages of a local invertebrate.

The Movie bugs program includes two school visits with Field of Mars teachers and six essential class lessons (approx. 3hrs time).

Incursion 1 

During the first incursion, Field of Mars teachers will introduce students to the invertebrates found in the playground through a hands-on investigation. Using an iPad connected to the smart board students will explore the features, habitats and life cycles of some of these animals. Students will then be introduced to the next task of planning and creating an animation.

Class lessons before incursion 2

The self paced lessons will guide the students through the steps in creating an animation. Classroom teachers and students conduct research on a chosen invertebrate to write an information report. This will then be transferred to create a script and storyboard to bring the text to life. Students will then create a movie bug – a prop that will be used to create the animation. 

Incursion 2  

During the second incursion, Field of Mars teachers will provide animation equipment and support teams of students as they use stabilised iPads to record their stop motion animation.


Syllabus outcomes and content

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus (2006)

VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.

Science and Technology K-10 Syllabus (2017)

Outcomes

A student:

  • observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas ST1-1WS-S 

Working scientifically

  • explore and answer questions through participation in guided scientific investigations (ACSIS025, ACSIS038)

  • compare observations with those of others (ACSIS041, ACSIS213)

  • make safe choices when using materials and equipment

Content

Students:

  • describe the external features of a variety of living things (ACSSU017)

  • identify that living things live in different places that suit their needs (ACSSU211)

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2006

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017