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Keywords: Animation
Subject(s): Art, Video, Technology, Animation, Music, Reading, Information Skills, Photography, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 12
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: Creative Arts Charter School, San Francisco, CA
Planned By: Maria Jenerik
Original Author: Maria Jenerik, San Francisco
Students will choose a non-fiction book that interests them. They will have 3 weeks to read the book. Students are required to write a 5 minute speech describing the book. They will present the speech to the class prior to being given the opportunity to create animation (this is optional). Students will know ahead of time the animation expectations and will be instructed to use sticky notes to mark points of interest in their book. Students will work in teams (as there are limited cameras and facilities). Depending on their choices, students will work as a team to complete the animation project. Ex: As one students is creating their clay set or drawing their next scene, their team mate could acts as an assistant or consultant or work on own set.

There are 6 still digital cameras and 3 video cameras available for students to use. Designated stations with lighting are set up around the room and students are to use only the station assigned for their group. At the end of the class period, students will file supplies/boards/sets in safe place and down load images onto the computer designated for them so images are filed where they can reflect on previous days work.

There are 6 computers in the classroom with editing capability. Students will alternate with editing and shooting to allow less down time. While working in teams, students will use teammates as consultants during editing process. There is a sound bay set up in the room where students can create sound bites to be used for overdubbing. Students may use music or voice over to add depth to their project.

Once the editing is complete, students are to create an a digital file to be presented at a class potluck where families and staff are invited to enjoy the projects. Students will also have an open house where they will demonstrate the process to younger students (K-5) in the school and show them the finished projects.

The final outcome is expected to clearly communicate the essence of the book they read and demonstrate understanding while learning digital technology (digital cameras, sound editing and video editing).
Most items were donated via donors choose. For the white boards, I purchased large white boards from the hardware store and cut them down into 2x2 foot pieces so each student could have a dedicated board. The sets were boxes and recycled products from the classroom. Any costumes for stop animation were the responsibility of the students.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This type of project can be done as whole class or small group (as well as individual). This project could be used for any subject to demonstrate understanding (math, social studies, science etc.).
Students will have a Q&A with other students about the book they read or subject they created the animation for.
Materials: Whiteboards, Video Cameras, DVD Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Point and Shoot, Auditorium, Projector Screens, Digital Voice Recorders, MP3 Players, Microphones, DVD/VCR Players, Video Tools, CDs and DVDs, Hard Drives, Camera/Video Accessories, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, Memory Cards, Cables, Computer Accessories, Power, Keyboards, Headsets, Ports and Hubs, LCD Monitors, Mice, Animation, Midi Instruments, Internet Services, Prof. Dev. Workshops, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 6 White Board Markers/Black, $6.99 each, total of $41.94
3 White Board Markers/Multiple Colors, $10.49 each, total of $31.47
12 White Board Erasers, $3.29 each, total of $39.48
6 White Board Cleaner, $3.99 each, total of $23.94
20 Molding Clay/Multiple Colors, $3.29 each, total of $65.80