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Claymation Metamorphosis in Butterflies

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Keywords: Claymation
Subject(s): Art, Photography, Video, Animation, Technology, Science, Music
Grades 3 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: The fairmont Neighborhood School-P.S.314X, Bronx, NY
Planned By: Judy Cruz
Original Author: Judy Cruz, Bronx
A grant from Digital Wish could another component to Our S.T.E.A.M.( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program...Animation! Our students would create Claymation projects for our annual STEM to STEAM Expo. This lesson plan connects visual problem-solving with a scientific theme-the transformation of a butterfly. This project will promote student collaboration because our students will be working in groups.
Learning Goals: (1)Students will learn to communicate their ideas through animation. (2) Students will enhance communication skills by asking questions. (3) Students will strengthen computer skills using software like iMovie that combines text, still images, and audio.

The process will include the Storyboard, Characters, Studio, Film, and Animation.
Storyboard-The class will be divided into groups of 4. The stage development will include the egg and larvae stage, pupa (chrysalis) and adult stage. The students will draw what takes place in during the specific stage and how the butterfly will transform.
Characters- The groups will create the characters using modeling clay like Claytoon.
The metamorphosis will be captured one frame at a time.
The digital images will be uploaded into a computer software program like iMovie. Adding music is optional.
Materials: Point and Shoot, Tripods, Flash/USB Drives, Clip Art, Timeline, Animation