Activity 1: Take a guess!

What are your classmates doing to leave it better?

– One sheet of paper per student
– Pencils, coloring pencils, or crayons

Step 1: Tell one volunteer to pick one activity they do to leave it better, such as recycling cans, turning off the lights, planting, or composting, and have them stand in front of the class and mimic the activity, without telling their classmates what it is.

Step 2: The other students have to guess what the action is and make a drawing of what it would look like if they were filming it, using one of the six shots they learned about in class.

Step 3: Once everyone is done with their drawing, the student will say what the activity was and why they chose it. Whoever guessed it right gets to act next. This is done until every student has six drawings, one for each shot.

Scaffolding: Instead of having the student think of an action, write down 10 ideas in pieces of paper and put them in a hat, and have them pick one out. Divide the class in three and assign a shot to each from close up action shot, wide shot, and medium shot. Before you begin the activity, have one student of each class describe what their assigned angle looks like, to remind the other kids.

Enrichment: When the students guess and draw the action, they also have to write why the action is important for saving the Earth.

Helpful Links:

Find out the various ways other people like to leave it better here and here!


Activity 2: Frame it!

Do you remember the six shots?

– Popsicle sticks
– Glue

Step 1: Remind the kids what the cameras they used on Day 1 looked like, emphasizing the small screen in the back, where they could see what they were filming.

Step 2: Tell the kids to glue together a rectangle using popsicle sticks, cardboard, branches, or similar materials, and decorate it if they want. The frames they build will be the screens of their own imaginary cameras.

Step 3: Have them “film” each other and practice each of the six shots they learned.

Scaffolding: Have enough popsicle sticks for the entire class (4 per kid + some extra ones just in case), so that they only have to glue them together and decorate it.

Enrichment: Tell the students in advance (2 or 3 days before the activity) that they need to bring recyclable or compostable materials to build a frame.

Helpful Links:

Here are some examples of what the finished frames look like.


Activity 3: LIB Comic Strip

How can you use the 6 shots to make your story flow?

– One sheet of paper per student
– Color pencils or crayons

Step 1: Get out a sheet of a paper and fold it into three sections- hot dog way- so that there are 6 horizontal panels- 3 on the front and 3 on the back.

Step 2: Number you panels 1 through 6 in the corners so your teacher can tell which way your story flows.

Step 3: Using the 6 shots that you learned last week (Close up on the Action, Close up on the Face, Wide Shot, Over the Shoulder, Medium Shot, and Experimental Shot), create a comic. Use all 6 shots in any order that you want. Try to tell a story about a time you “Left the Earth Better” or had fun outside.

Scaffolding: Do you think drawing the 6 shots makes your story more interesting or less? Which panel that you drew do you like best? Why?

Enrichment: Add dialogue and narration bubbles to your comic. Make sure your story is detailed and cohesive!

Helpful Links:

Pre-made Comic Strip

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