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Nike Transitions

Use a Nike commercial to define transitions as used in movies and writing.


  • Students will develop a definition of transitions by watching a movie and making their own.


  • Watch the Nike movie with the class.
  • Lead students to notice transitions in movie without saying the word transition through open classroom dialogue.
  • Develop a definition of transition.
  • Watch a teacher-created movie and show the students how to add transitions.
  • Compare and contrast both movies.
  • Have students create a 3-clip iMovie using transitions.

Sunshine State Standards

  • LA.B.1.1.2
  • LA.C.1.1.3

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.
  • Communicate about technology using developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology.
  • Use technology resources (e.g., puzzles, logical thinking programs, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools) for problem solving, communication, and illustration of thoughts, ideas, and stories.
  • Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, presentation, Web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  • Use technology resources (e.g., calculators, data collection probes, videos, educational software) for problem solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.
  • Determine which technology is useful and select the appropriate tool(s) and technology resources to address a variety of tasks and problems.
  • Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and bias of electronic information sources.


  • Nike movie web site
  • iMovie
  • Teacher created movie without transitions
  • Clips for iMovie (scanner, web site, digital camera)
  • Teacher-created story


  • At a later time, when the students need to develop a higher level understanding of transitions, go back and re watch the movie and pick out the finer points of the transition.
  • Read a story with good transitions and have students add transitions to a previous piece of writing.
  • Brainstorm a list of transitions to add to the class word wall.

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