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Keynote Animated Storybook

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Keywords: storybook, Keynote, animation
Subject(s): Animation, Technology, Early Learning, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
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School: St Giles School, Oak Park, IL
Planned By: Sue Bailey
Original Author: Sue Bailey, Oak Park
Junior high students, familiar with the basics of Keynote presentation software, will choose a favorite children's story* to illustrate/animate in a presentation of at least 5 slides. Students will be provided with a primary vocabulary list, and an opportunity to storyboard their project before beginning the animations.

When the plan is complete, students will find or create images for the characters, props and backgrounds for each slide. Each of the 5 or more slides should include appropriate text, and at least one move or scale animation (including sound effect) per slide. In addition, each presentation will include one Magic Move animation between consecutive slides.

To complete, students will narrate the story, and share as a Quicktime movie.

Advanced students adept at animation techniques will be given the opportunity to add color change animation to text that coordinates with narration.

*Students who wish to may choose to animate an original story.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This project could easily be adapted to illustrate scientific principles, for example, such as laws of motion.
Finished stories can be used as whole-class activities or reading center activities in primary classrooms.
Links: Sound Effects
Materials: Whiteboards, Short Throw Projectors, Digital Voice Recorders, Microphones, LCD Monitors, Power, Keyboards, Headsets, Mice, Art Tools, Authoring and Publishing, Clip Art, Worksheets, Screen Capture, Sound Libraries, Integrating Technology