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Lunar New Year Lanterns in Keynote
I like to encourage learners to do some digital crafting and primary source sleuthing around Lunar New Year (or any holiday). Using a Library of Congress primary source from the Carol Highsmith Collection, importing into Keynote and adding animation is a fun celebration for the 2023 Lunar New Year Lantern Festival. After adding the photograph to Keynote, masking with a circle Shape isolates a lantern and then Animate/Build out/Scale Big moves it out of the photograph. The “hopping” rabbit is a Keynote Shape, animated with Build in/Bouncy. The finished Keynote can be exported as an Animated Gif or Movie and shared in a digital festival.
Learners can vary this activity by taking their own photos of lanterns in their communities, creating a lantern with shapes in Keynote and/or creating a paper lantern, photographing it and then animating it in Keynote.
This activity can also inspire a deeper dive into the history of cultural holidays. Challenge learners to:
- Brainstorm questions about the holiday (try Freeform)
- Categorize questions and form collaboration teams for research and further questions as information grows (try Numbers)
- Investigate by interviewing classmates, family members or community members who participate in the holiday’s traditions (try Clips, iMovie or GarageBand)
- Share learning with classmates in a variety of ways, (visual media, podcast, video, slides, gallery walks)
I find that incorporating the inclusion of all holidays celebrated by learners fosters understanding, engagement, learning and joy.
Primary source from the Library of Congress:
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Posted on January 29, 2023
Absolutely LOVE the simple CBL connections in your list of deeper-dive activities! Challenge Based Learning + curricular content + creativity for the win!