Reel to Reel Film Festival as I was able to make a similar arrangement and now we were able to collect money as we were forced out of that job action by the government. I think all teachers feel badly that we know many organizations have taken double hits, less government funding and then far fewer teachers taking students on field trips (see we do help the economy Ms. Clark).
I really believe in field trips to bring the wider world to my students but over the years they have become more and more expensive and again, there is less and less help with funding.
The first group was given research topics from our crazy story that we are working on for Elemental . This is a story the class created of a bear and a scorpion who live in India but having difficulty getting along, travel to Egypt, Austria, and the Jersey Shore and return home where they finally learn to live in peace... They added a few of their own and then using the ipads did research into three topics of their choice posting five notes on our moodle web site where I post assignments.
I gave them a short example of how dialogue is written like a script
A: I want to get out of here
A: I am bored
Then they had to use two or more characters from our story and show location, a problem and moving to a solution just mainly through dialogue.
The third group was working on their stories. Then groups were rotated. I also pulled math groups along the way. Kids love station approaches but requires organization on the teachers' part!
Anyway stay tuned for examples of what we created in the end! The pictures are from our field trip!