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Keywords: Claymation
Subject(s): Art, Video, Social Skills, Technology, Writing, Animation, Photography, English/Language Arts
Grades 7 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Liberty Jr. High, New Lenox, IL
Planned By: Kim Glavan
Original Author: Kim Glavan, New Lenox
Day 1:
• Discuss and determine, with your group, which Fairy Tail or Nursery Rhyme you will be doing.
• Create Story Board and create a list of materials you will need and what clay figures you will be making. Be ready to discuss your story board with your teacher at the end of class or in the beginning of Day 2.

Day 2:
• Begin by listening to the teacher on how to construct and build your characters.
• Start building your set and clay figures.
• Do not waste materials. Think before you create.
• Store all of your materials in your box.

Day 3:
• Continue building figures and sets.
• Begin going through the animation of the part of your story you choose.
• Check that your figures can last through the movements that you will be putting them through.

Day 4:
• Make sure all of your clay figures are done and ready along with your background.
• Taking photos throughout your movement of figures.
• Discuss how you are going to take the pictures and who is responsible for moving each object or character.

Day 5:
• Continue taking photos throughout moving characters and objects.
• Remember do not make big movements or it will look choppy. Nice smooth movements.

Day 6:
• Download photos into iPhoto.
• Import your photos into iMovie from iPhoto. **Remember to open and save your iMovie in your ‘Local Home’ folder.
• Save iMovie as your Fairy Tail or Nursery Rhyme name.
• See how your photos worked.
• Add titles, sound, and fix or re-shoot what you need.

Day 7:
• Continue working on iMovie

Day 8:
• Finish working on iMovie.
• Make sure everything that was used is put away properly.
• Submit or drop your iMovie into Block 8 drop box.

Day 9:
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
They language arts classes are reading Fairy Tales. This can go along with their unit.
Watching the end iMovies. Saving each imovie on a cd for the students to take home to show their family.
Materials: Digital SLR, Microphones, Art Tools, CDs and DVDs
Other Items: 16 Vinyl placemats to work on, $24 each, total of $384.00
32 packages of non-hardening modeling clay, $130. each, total of $4160.00
armatures - styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, $25. each
8 Plastic boxes for storage, $45 each, total of $360.00
2 Digital Cameras, $350. each, total of $700.00
2 pkgs. of CD's, $30. each, total of $60.00