Instructional How-To Video


Overview: The Instructional How-To Video will be done using the Math Movie Minute model located on  The project requires that students create and solve a real-life math problem, then write step-by-step directions for solving the problem.  The process will evolve from abstract math concepts, be organized for an essay, transferred to a slide presentation, filmed as a movie, and posted to the Internet as a video Podcast.


Standards: In the process, students will meet all six NETS as well as ELA standard for writing 8.2.6 “Writing Technical Documents”.  In addidtion to technology and ELA standards, students are required to match their math problem to one of their current math standards.


Technology: The technology tools to be utilized in this project are:

-       Microsoft Word

-       Inspiration

-       Powerpoint

-       iMovie

-       Garage Band

-       Internet

-       Weblockrz



  1. In a small group (3-5 students) analyze your Math standards from the California Department of Education.  Copy and paste the standards from the website into a Word document.  Then highlight the standards that you have worked on this year in Math class.
  2. Using Inspiration, create a real-life math problem and write the problem in the main idea bubble of the Inspiration chart.  Use the “notes” function to record the standard(s) associated with the problem.  Rapid fire three bubbles from your main idea bubble.  These bubbles will represent your storyboard for solving the problem and recording the solution.  The bubbles will be labeled “Materials”, “Procedures”, and “Formula” and should be filled in with all of the necessary content.
  3. Create a 250+ word essay, describing in detail, the nature of the math problem, what you will need to solve it, how you will solve it, and how you plan to record your results.  Spell checking, grammar checking, at least one picture, and tracked revisions are required.
  4. Digitally photograph the materials necessary to solve your math problem include the changes made after each step of the procedure. Use PowerPoint to create a slide show to include: written explanation of the problem; pictures of the materials; written math problem, formula and solution; one slide for each step of the procedure.  The slide show will follow the 6x6 rule and each slide will contain written text and at least one picture.
  5. Explain and solve your math problem in 2-3 minutes.  Use a video camera to record each step of the process.  Assign  a narrator, camera person/director and two “actors” to star in your instructional video.  Edit the movie using iMovie.
  6. Import your edited movie to GarageBand, create a soundtrack, and put it on the web as a Podcast.