I am such a fan of using creative videos in the classroom. I had the pleasure of raising two teenagers through the advent of Web 2.0…Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
As a mom and educator, here is what I know to be true: Digital natives create their identity through media. They love to watch video, talk about video and create video. Engaging kids through this medium is not only educational, but so much fun. Have fun and laugh with your kids while viewing and discussing this Disney Re-Micks of the Bruno Mars’ hit JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. There is a 30-second advertisement by Disney, which just adds to the conversation!
SCIENCE: Animation could not exist without science. For each movement, the animator must convince the viewer that the action is real. For this, the animation scientist must apply physics. Physics is the science of motion. How was motion used in this film? Which movement sequence did you find most compelling? Where do you find animation in the world today?
MATH: Math is important to animation. Since animation represents a 3D environment, but is really 2D, math becomes the bridge between the animator and the screen. The animator creates the character to scale using a grid. All of the movements and sizes are plotted on the grid and then sequenced to flow on the screen. Animation turns this mathematical description into a picture. In the video, which scenes do you think had the most movement? Which had the least movement? Now, connect this to the math behind the movement. Which scenes must have used the most math equations? Which scenes required the fewest math equations? How do you know?
SOCIAL STUDIES: Technology changes everyday. How does this video combine old technology and new technology to create something unique? Why did Disney embed, which means to attach, the advertisement at the beginning of the video?
ENGLISH: Mickey and Minnie Mouse are two of the most recognizable characters in world history. They were invented by Walt Disney, an American scientist, inventor, writer and dreamer. Why do you think these imaginary characters capture the heart of children and adults? What other songs could Disney use to show the love Mickey has for Minnie? Examine the word RE-MICKS. What do you notice?
lyrics — poem or verse; the words of a song
READING: Musicians write lyrics because they have a message. How did Mickey bring the message of the lyrics to Minnie? What were some of his actions? At the end, Mickey and Minnie dance. How does their dance support the message of Bruno Mars’ lyrics?
I hope you enjoy the video, discuss ideas with your students and, most of all, have fun!