View and discuss one or two of the videos focussing on what makes them interesting.
Ask students what they know about how the videos were made, and explain what stop-motion animation is.
Explain that they are going to learn how to make a jointed figure that can be used in a stop-motion animation.
Introduce the challenge.
Create a jointed paper figure.
Use colour and line to add interest to the figure.
Demonstrate technical accomplishment.
Describe your process.
Express opinions about the artworks.
Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
Establish success criteria with your students, for example, I know I am successful when I have: - created a jointed figure that stays together - made joints that bend easily - used lines and colour - added details that make the figure interesting - kept the paper in good condition
Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
Demonstrate how to join the pieces of paper with pipe cleaners when students are ready, either in small groups, or individually.
Observe students as they work.
Provide individual assistance and encouragement.
Place students into small groups.
Ask them to: - Compare their work and describe to each other what they did to get certain effects. - Discuss the personalities of each figure and what they see that makes them think that. - Talk about was difficult and what was easy for them.
Share ideas with the whole class.
Ask them to tell how they felt about doing this activity.
Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
Observe students as they discuss their figures – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the figure, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
Use a checklist to track progress. (Download – Figure_tracking.pdf)
Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download – Figure_self-assessment.pdf)