Stop-Motion Animation

Author Jennifer Hill
Grade Level 9-12

Lesson Plan Description
This is a hands-on, technology-based project to incorporate creative writing and technology in the classroom. Stop-Motion Animation is one way of presenting a story in a nonverbal way.

Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will be able to list the steps in making a Stop-Motion animation. Students will demonstrate knowledge of video editing software and stop motion animation. Students will recognize that Stop-Motion animation is an art form that comes only from good planning; story writing and great productions are the result of good storyboards.

Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will understand what Stop-Motion animation is and be able to plan, script, storyboard, shoot and edit their own Stop-Motion animation video.


Engagement/Motivation Activity: Students will view Stop-Motion Animation PowerPoint with examples of professionally created as well as student created clay animations and discuss and evaluate these. Brainstorming: Have students discuss, brainstorming, and write everything down. Challenge students in suggesting new ideas and adding to existing ideas. Scripting A script is the written description of the actions that will take place in the video. Ask students to consider:

  • What is your theme or idea?
  • What sort of personality would you like to create?
  • How long do you plan for this to be?
  • What materials or objects will you need to collect?
  • What kind of background will you need?
  • What different shots do you need? What close-ups?
  • Attach your storyboard! Have you varied the pace and angles. Storyboarding: Students draw and script their story ideas.

Set-ups: Once students have decided on the story they will be telling and have created their storyboards, they need to begin gathering their props, characters, and back drops to be ready to film their animation. Evaluation: Rubric and final video.

  • Computers with video editing software
  • digital cameras
  • video cameras
  • tripod
  • various toy figures
  • non-drying modeling clay
  • modeling tools (toothpicks
  • popsicle sticks)
  • small Styrofoam balls
  • pipe cleaners
  • aluminum foil
  • construction paper
  • glue
  • craft eyes
  • clear string or fishing line
  • creative odds and ends
  • markers
  • pencils
  • crayons
  • poster board or large paper for set construction
  • fabric scraps
  • tape
  • glue
  • storyboards

Assessment Guidelines:
Rubric and viewing final student made Stop-Motion video. The students were guided through the use of the created rubric, and were assessed according to those rubric.

Stop-Motion Animation Rubric Assignment: Taking at least 10 frames per second (approximately 600 pictures) students will compose a stop-motion animation using a video camera and video editing software.

4: Viewer can discern a clear beginning, middle and end.
3: Viewer can almost tell the story.
2: Viewer is not sure of a story but finds it interesting.
1: Viewer has no point the viewer can distinguish

Stop-Motion Techniques
4: Camera doesn't move and shots are seamless.
3: Minimal camera moves.
2: Camera is shaky and some frames are missing.
1: Camera shakes and many frames are missing.

4: Appropriate length and exported in correct format.
3: About 2/3 complete and correct format.
2: Less than half complete correct format.
1: Less than half complete and wrong format.

4: Keeps viewer interested –could be posted online.
3: Interesting – but probably would not generate alot of interest.
2: Pleasant – but no one would watch it outside of class.
1: Classmates were bored watching it.

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