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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Stop Motion Animation

Created on February 18, 2014 by dirkusa2001

Animation lesson that teaches stop motion animation technique of using photography to create frames. Students work in groups to create their lego stop motion animation.

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3 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define animation and stop motion animation.
2. SWBAT define shape.
3. SWBAT define space.
4. SWBAT to create an example of stop motion animation using lego figures.
5. SWBAT define a storyboard.

1. lego figures
2. lego boards
3. paper
4. pencil/markers
5. camera
6. movie maker or iMovie
7. sound files

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Session 1
1. Watch video example of lego stop motion animation. Prior to this students had a lesson on 2D animation.
- Discuss movie example & explain stop motion animation (10 min)
- Break into group & work on a storyboard for the animation. 4 images and text about their story. (25 min)
- Create their background for their animation. (10 min)
Session 2
1. Review and demo how to use their storyboard as a guide, lego figures, and use the digital camera to create their frames. (10 min)
- Finish backgrounds (depends on the group some didn't need time for this)
2. Use the digital cameras to take their frames.
- 12 frames per sec is the rule. (35 min)
Session 3
Prior to this session I put all the photos taken by students and put them into the student folders at school. This session is in the computer lab.
1. Review stop motion animation. Demo how to use movies maker to put all their frames together. (10 min explain, 35 min for students to work)
- Work from pre saved template
- Can work individual or teams
- Intro page, manage duration times and end credits
- Add sound

Students will be assessed based on review questions that they answer with thumbs up or down.

Teacher's Example Using iMovie

Student Video Example using Movie Maker 2011

I find that students often run into difficulties working together. I really try and encourage students to compromise. Also when they are working together I try and make sure I count off time for them for time management purposes.

You don't have to use legos. You could use modeling clay. Or a whiteboard and dry erase markers. Also you could use the students as the figures and take photos of them.

Also check out youtube videos for tutorials on how to use movie maker. There's a lot of resources. Try and have a template for the students. That saves time. I have a template with intro and credit page.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines


Shape, Space