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Teacher-Created Lesson Plan

Introduction to Animation

Learn the basics of digital and stop motion animation
Donald P.
Classroom teacher
Mooresville High School
Mooresville, United States
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My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to...

Create personal, symbolic expression as a means of communication (original, visual language).

Use a variety of media, including 2-D, 3-D, and digital, to produce art.

Exemplify characteristics of different artistic processes

Understand how art is used to document human experience.

Recognize the interdisciplinary knowledge used in the creation of art.

Analyze the role of art in creating digital images, technological products, and design.

Use teacher-generated criteria to evaluate personal art



Grades 9 – 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter - Introduction to Animation

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Teacher introduces the concept and history of animation using tools such as YouTube and Pinterest to show examples of different types of animation including traditional cell, stop motion, and digital animation.

Student Instructions

Students learn about the history of animation and the differences between traditional cell, stop motion and digital animation. 

2 Guided Practice - Learning animation tools

Teacher provides step-by-step instruction on how to use animation tools such as GoAnimate or Stop Motion Studio

Teacher demonstrates to students how to use the digital tools to create simple animations.

Teacher provides one-on-one instruction as needed

Student Instructions

Students use instructions provided by teacher to create simple animations to show understanding of the digital tools.

3 Independent Practice - creating independent animations

Teacher divides students into groups to create independent animations.

Teacher provides feedback and additional instruction as needed

Student Instructions

Students work in groups to plan their story, create characters, storyboards and finally create a simple animation.

Students take photos of their learning process and document their learning in a tool such as Blendspace.

Students complete and submit animation through Google Classroom

4 Wrap-Up - Showtime!

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Teacher provides guided questions for students to respond to through a digital feedback tool such as Padlet.

Student Instructions

Students show their animations to the class and should the school allow, upload their animations to YouTube for sharing with the world.

Students provide feedback on the lesson through guided questions provided by the teacher.