iMovie Book Trailer Projects


Using the movie trailer feature in iMovie on the iPad or Mac is a great way for your students to showcase their knowledge of a book they’ve read. Students choose a theme that compliments the genre of the book, insert appropriate text into the pre-made storyboard, and customize text and photos. I had my students use Royalty Free and Copyright Free images, create their own using drawing programs from the iPad (Drawing Pad, Draw Free, Doodle Buddy) and the Mac (Kid Pix), or take pictures with the built-in cameras on the device. Students used Stickies on their desktops to keep track of their sources so they could give credit to the images used. One tip for the Mac version of iMovie: If you aren’t using video, but using more pictures (as we did because of time) you need to convert your trailer to a project once you have the storyboard finished. To do this, go to File>Convert to Project and you will see that your trailer has now become a regular iMovie project. From there, you can insert or replace pictures and change the text. Here is the rubric I used with my fifth grade classes. Book Trailer Rubric 

Here are the CCSS standards addressed with this project:

  • NETS.2. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital media.
  • NETS.1 Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • NETS.5.Understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
  • SL.5.2. Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • W.5.6. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
  • SL.5.5. Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Finally, a fun way to showcase their work is to create a ‘Readbox’ wall display, which has QR codes that link the book to the student-created video. (Saw this fun idea on Pinterest)

Readbox display to showcase student book trailers

Readbox display to showcase student book trailers

Here are a few examples from my 5th graders! Enjoy!

The Secret of Laurel Oaks Book Trailer: Cole from April Requard on Vimeo.

Out of my Mind Book Trailer: Bella from April Requard on Vimeo.

Million Dollar Throw Book Trailer: Case from April Requard on Vimeo.

Cupcake Diaries Book Trailer: Taylor from April Requard on Vimeo.

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