Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your kids engaged during this long January? We have been working on the text structures for a couple of weeks and needed a fun project. For a fun cause effect lesson, we made our own cause effect commercials. They were based on the direct tv commercials that warn of various reasons you should get rid of cable. I blogged about this last year, but this year came up with a way for students to create their own version.
Students filled out a graphic organizer showing how one event caused another. Next, they made a powerpoint and found google images to "illustrate" the statement. Finally, they made a screencast using screencast o matic. I'm posting one of our better examples of a student screencast. We had a ton of fun creating these, and hopefully learned a little as well. Try it out, your students will love it.