Seventh Grade Stop-Motion Animation Movies

by: Amy Brill, Middle School English Teacher

Shorecrest Preparatory School seventh graders finished an interdisciplinary assignment - a culmination of 9 weeks of work in multiple classes to create original stop-motion animation movies.

In English class, small groups developed original story lines, worked on character development and wrote scripts for the movies (a four-week creative writing process).

Next, students worked in art class to create models of their characters out of wire, recycled bags, paint and fabric (three weeks).

English and technology classes merged for two weeks to film the movies using stop-motion animation apps on iPads. They edited the videos they shot in iMovie and added sound effects. Students used iPad tripods purchased with the FCIS Hooker grant won last year to be efficient in their projects.

When the videos were complete, middle schoolers were able to share their final projects on the big screen in The Experiential School. Junior Kindergarten students made a great audience!

Teachers will be presenting this project as an idea for other schools at the next FCIS convention and beyond.


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