Telling Bible Stories Using Stop Motion Video

The third graders were given the task of retelling a Bible story using stop motion video.  After learning how the process works by watching an example from Toy Story, the students began to plan.  They started out writing a short summary of the Bible story they chose.  Then, they created a plan that included what was needed for the background, characters, and props.  Once the planning was done, it was time to begin creating the characters and props from construction paper. 

A background image was used with help of the green screen, or blue screen in some cases.  All of the stories required over 100 pictures to be taken and characters moved little by little each time to create the 30 second video.  The final step was to do a voice-over reading of their version of the Bible story.  Overall, the students had a great time working together as a team to create their own stop motion video from scratch.  

Stop Motion Video Bible Stories 2021

By: Miss Neben, 3rd Grade

The Gift of Words –

Last week for the Valentine’s Day celebration, the 4th Grade students focused on the gift of encouraging words! Each student had the opportunity to write a word or a phrase that described each of their classmates on a poster. Posters were filled with: “A GOOD FRIEND, CREATIVE, FUNNY, KIND, COOL, and AWESOME.” We discussed that taking time to share positive words with others – help make people feel special, seen, valued, and LOVED. 

Additionally, Mrs. Fink’s Class had the opportunity to continue to share words of love and encouragement to those outside of the St. John’s Community. The students decorated Valentine’s Cards that were taken to a ministry in Tustin that connects with those in nursing homes. The 4th Grade students put so much love and effort into these cards – knowing just how big of a smile it would bring to someone’s face.

Celebrations, parties, and holidays have looked a bit different in the classroom this year – but we are certainly finding ways to creatively celebrate together and making wonderful memories! 

A Trip Through the Human Body by 4th Grade

In 4th grade, one of the science standards students learn about is the human body and body parts.  In order to extend their knowledge about the human body, the 4th graders created a Keynote presentation and animation that would tell about the chosen body system.  The body system story was told from the perspective of an object that travels through that system.  A few examples are a musical note traveling through the ear or a pizza moving through the digestive system. 

To complete this project, the students first chose a body system and had to write a script using key anatomical words that relate to the body system chosen. Next, students had to find pictures related to their script and create their Keynote presentation.  Third, the 4th graders added in the animation of the key character or object as it moves through the body system on Keynote.  Last, students added transitions and audio to the presentation.  Through this science project, the 4th graders had fun learning about script writing, digital media presentation, animation and video creation.  The video below shows an example of three completed projects.  Enjoy!!  

By Sarah Grack, Technology Specialist

Operation Gratitude

Recently, Lutheran Schools united in celebration across the country.  National Lutheran Schools Week was celebrated with fun dress-up themes, virtual assemblies, games, video devotionals, and more!  This year’s theme was “Sent to Serve.”  After being reminded of so many who serve around us, here at St. John’s and in our families each day, the students had a chance to serve a special group of people… our military.  

Operation Gratitude sends thousands of care packages each year to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders, and a personal letter is often the most cherished part of that care package.  Each student had the opportunity to write a personal note of thanks and encouragement to a soldier hero.   Students in grades K-8 participated in this service project, but here are a few pics of some 2nd graders and their letters. 

2nd Grade Personal Timelines

Over the last couple of weeks, students in 2nd grade have been scouring baby books and photo albums to identify the top ten events of their personal timeline to date.  Among the list of significant events are family trips, first lost teeth, first broken arms, the birth of siblings, first steps, baseball games, surgeries, the day they were baptized and many, many more.  Each year, it is always interesting to see which events students choose as their most iconic, memorable, or life changing. 

At the beginning of last year, I’m sure none of us realized that we were about ready to enter into an iconic, memorable, or life changing event on our timelines as well.  Much has changed and this event called “COVID-19” has affected us all in so many ways.  Yet these timeline projects remind me that this event is temporary and our timeline keeps moving.  While we have not always enjoyed the changes that this event has brought, it has molded us nonetheless.  Just like these students recognize, sometimes the most influential events in our lives are not the ones we enjoy going through.  

I am excited to watch the students create their timelines over the coming weeks because they have so many more to add!  What a gift it is to step back and see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished, and then find joyful anticipation for the future.  We, just like these students, have so much left on our timelines.  Let us find hope (and rest) in an open future that is in the hands of a God that can change, restore, and heal. 

By: Mrs. Morner, 2nd grade