Stop Motion Animation 1


0. Hope you enjoy this video, which was made with just construction paper (12,000 pieces!!).
1. I enjoyed your creative endeavors. I scooped your creative endeavors here.
2. Your creativity reading (Shively’s article) is due today.
3. Congratulations on your winning 4 smiley faces, Smantha. I enjoyed your work a lot.

PART1. Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation

For the next 3-4 days of class we’ll be working in groups to design and create

narrated stop-motion animation videos, which played slowly probably at 2 frames/second to explain concepts, formulas, processes, systems, or strategies.The explanation can be enhanced with text or music.

Animation production is “an engaging way to learn because students conduct research and use their own technology to design a sequence of representations”(Garry Hoban; visit his website for more thoughts and examples about using animation to encourage learning and creativity).

PART2. Getting Started on Your Video:

We’ll worry about the tools to make your videos next week.  For now you just need to:

1. Brainstorm possible topics here. Write as many as possible. Don’t worry if it works or not. For now, just make your creative “fluency” flow.

2. If you are stuck, we need something to sparkle our creativity. Let’s take a look at examples. You already watched this example from a previous semester on the water cycle and another one on the solar system. Here I also brought children’s books, mostly science books. It is just because the best topics happened to be ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc. But feel free to explore many other options. Here is one for reading (my daughter’s favorite one). Another for social studies. What about math?

3. Work with your group to choose one specific topic. This time, you would need to consider grade levels and subject areas, and make sure your topic matches a Georgia Performance Standard.

  • Make something that would have a “long shelf-life” – that is, something that can be used over and over again.
  • No whiteboard videos. There are big problems with glare from the whiteboard.

3. Plan your story (storyboarding!!). You do NOT need to have any formal kind of storyboard. Think about your audience, focus (key concepts or learning objects), storyline, narration, text (as needed), and music.

(* See we actually followed creativity trails here. Brainstorming, exploring, narrowing, elaborating, and organizing !!!)

PART3. Some Heads-up

1. Monday, February 25: You’ll have the entire class to learn i-Movie, your editing tool for this project. You may want to choose Movie-maker when you use a PC. Since both tools share similar features, however, we will only spend out class time on learning i-Movie. I will share a Movie-maker tutorial.

2. Wednesday, February 27: we will make props and organize whatever is needed for filming day. Bring any materials your group will use, and If possible, try to finish up your script (story line, narration, text, and music sources) before you come to class.

* You would need to use royalty free music for your project. Here are some sites to use when you think about your animation

Royalty Free Music

Free Play Music

Creative Commons Licensed Music

3. Friday, March 1 (can you believe it is already March): We will take pictures you need for the animation. It will be fantastic if you finish filming this Friday and have only narration left for Monday, March 4. But you’ll need to take 100 or more still images to make a decent length slowmation video – so it might take awhile.


1. Share contact information with each other (cell phone numbers!) so that you can work on things outside of class.

2. Keep working on your story board. Decide your story line. Write narration, and search for music. Use simple papers, Google-doc,, etc. to work collaboratively. On Monday, I will ask you to share the file (link, picture, etc) regardless of completeness and media.

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