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learn_ideaAnimation Station: Inspiration

Before jumping into making animations, it helps to watch samples of animated productions. Having a chance to view animations allows students to get a feel for the medium. Discussing or responding to animations gets students thinking about what are the features of an animated production and what makes an animation successful. Think about it - you wouldn't have students write poetry without reading any, right? Or writing an article without having read at least a few beforehand? Its the same with media!
For ways of organizing the Inspiration step, see the Teacher Planning section

Inspiration: what is is called in the various subject areas

ela vis_arts
Immersion into the text type to be produced and discussion of its structures and features  Appreciates (...) media images, personal productions and those of classmates.
Repères culturels, répertoire personnel de ressources francophones

learn_filmAnimations on the web

Use the following in your classroom to jumpstart discussion or to generate ideas. We suggest that you choose which animations you show your students to discuss as a group, so they fit in with your goals. Students can also explore animations on their own to respond to (ELA), to add to their repertoire of media works (VA) or as part of viewing media (l'écoute en FLS)

nfb National Film Board of Canada - NFB
nfb NFB Kid's Channel

toon_logoToon Boom Showcase

learn_eval LEARN Selections - professional animations we like

learn_thumb Student Samples - from our community

Generic searches

If you have some time on your hands
Suggested search terms: nfb animation, animation festival, flib boom, claymation, patrick smith).

Vimeo logo Vimeo


googleGoogle Video Tab


Animator websites

Patrick Smith
learn_graphorgDeconstructing media resource
Use these secondary student tools to deconstruct what you watch

  adobe_pdf_icon Media Deconstruction - Basic (sec.)
  adobe_pdf_icon Media Deconstruction - Visual txt (sec.)