Summer Break is finally here for me. I spent the last three weeks teaching four classes of summer school. I taught stop motion animation, coding with ozobot robots (two different sections of age groups), and a circuit design class. And let me tell you, not only did my students learn a lot, I leaned a ton as well. I developed classes to offer that I was not an expert in.
I did that on purpose.
I am a believer that letting students see you take risks, see you NOT being an expert in everything, see you being a learner like they are, is a powerful tool as a teacher.
I first tried stop motion animation this past school year with my fifth graders. I basically downloaded the app on their iPads and had them “figure it out”. Their task was to create a visual to promote their “Shark Tank” invention. The students LOVED it, so I thought it would be a great enrichment class to offer for our District’s Summer Learning Program. I took a different approach with my summer students than I did during the school year. After all, I actually had time on my hands, 15 hours of dedicated time to let students explore, be creative, take risks, and create. (Super exciting :)) Below is an outline of what I did for the three weeks:
|Day 3-4||Start working with group
I modified lessons from the site: https://www.nfb.ca/stopmo/ . You can find the lessons in PDF form here. These lessons were extremely helpful for me to gain a starting point. I would also recommend The StopMotion Handbook if you are interested in learning more about stop motion animation.
The outline above reflects how the three weeks played out. I definitely feel that the first days spent discussing animation and story writing are key to a successful end product. I was surprised how many days it took for the students to “film”, some groups needed more time. Also, some students left early on the third week, so they were not able to complete the voice overs and theme music.
I was impressed with the movies that the students made. Their creativity, risk taking, and teamwork was evident every single day during summer school.
Now that….Is Positively Techie!
Feel free to share your resources and ideas for using Stop Motion Animation. I would love to build on my resources :))