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Animal Face Project - Green Screen


I recently worked with a Media Specialist to recreate a project she saw on Twitter with second graders. It was ridiculously cute! 

We used green masks (Amazon link - these masks didn't have a white strip on the top or bottom), a green screen (we had a popup green screen but green cloth would work), and the Doink green screen iPad app (worth the $4.99 price can use it on an iPhone or iPad). We replaced student mouths with animal mouths in conjunction with the read aloud "What If You Had Animal Teeth?"

The book features ten animal mouths but we reduced student choices to eight. I tested out all the animal mouths on us first to have samples for the students and to see which ones might give us the most trouble. The narwhal and the rattlesnake were hard to manipulate so we pulled them as choices. 

Most of the students selected the same thing - sharks and tigers - which was a little disappointing because the elephant one was so adorable. To add variety to all the tiger and shark requests I changed up the backgrounds and had them pose slightly differently. 

I was pulled in to help on the tech side so I took the pictures and put together the images as the Media Specialist worked with the students. She had them making Flipgrip videos of what they learned and one way the animal mouth they chose would be "useful" for them. We could have also had them type or write their response and then added their pictures which would have been nice. Flipgrid allows you to add a picture but I was still working on editing during their lesson so they didn't have them available. 

I took three shots of the student: straight on, to the right, and to the left. That way I had some options when trying to "fit" the mouth in. The vampire bat mouth worked best with the student facing right (see below).

The Doink app has a cropping and masking tool that is super helpful. I had to use the masking tool with the hippo and elephant mouths because those were placed on top of the masks verses underneath the masks (see how to video below or link to it HERE).

If you try out this project I would love to hear how it went! You can comment below or tag me on Twitter @atechcoachlife


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