|Elementary Students ||Secondary Students |
|What animations do you know? ||What is animation? |
|What do you watch? Which is your favourite? ||What animated works are on your 'playlist'? What do you watch? Which is your favourite? |
|How do you know that something is an animation? |
Be a detective: What are the clues?
|What makes animation different from other genres, or types of media? |
|What makes a good animation, in your opinion? ||What are the different elements of an animation? What do you typically find in an animation? |
|What are the different parts of an animation? ||How does animation fit into multi-genre series, such as X-Men or other superhero series? |
| ||Where else do you find animation? |
Show students animation samples - professional and student-made. We have a selection on our Inspiration page (go to page), and some avenues for finding your own on our Teacher Planning (go to page) page.
Make a brainstorm poster of all the animation they can think of: movies, cartoons, etc.
Make a real paper flip book.
Younger students will especially benefit from making a real tactile flip book using paper (yellow sticky notes make it easy) and a dark marker. It will teach them better than any explanation the idea behind animation and how you can get your ideas across using the animation medium.
You can make one to show them, or you can make a short one while they watch you. Each student can work on a very simple flip book of a bouncing ball, a flying butterfly, a buzzing bee, etc. Their books will allow you to see whether your students understand the concept of animation before adding the layer of technology. Although especially recommended for younger students, we think that all students should go through this step.
For more, read Wired's article on flipbooks as an alternative to business cards. Go to site