I love the end result of stop motion productions, but was a little intimidated to venture into it with my students. When I finally did a little research, I realized it was WAY easier than I thought. There are so many AMAZING resources out there that make it, literally, as easy as snapping a photo! When my students tried it for the first time, they were immediately taken, and thought of a hundred ways to incorporate it into their learning. I will never get tired of watching my students come up with ways to take learning into their own hands, and make it an enjoyable experience.
For those of you who are interested, this is an EXCELLENT and easy way of integrating STEAM into your classroom.
As a little refresher, Stop Motion Animation is simply taking still shots and playing them back to back at a very fast pace. Check out this list of the Top 100 Best Stop Action Movies for a little inspiration.
There are some fantastic apps out there that you can easily download for free, or for a minimal price that handles the hard stuff for you. As I said before, you literally take some pictures, and the app compiles them neatly into a video that is ready to watch and share. A couple of my favorites are:
Stop Motion Studio– FREE (I used this one)
Here is an example of one of my student’s very first try at a video:
How to use Stop Motion in the classroom ( a few of the MANY possibilities brainstormed by 4th and 5th grade students):
Science: Environment/Ecosystems, Sun/Moon/Stars/Solar System
Social Studies: Communities, Branches of Government, Geography
Language Arts: Plot Structure, Character Development, Figurative Language
Math: Word Problems, Demonstrating Multiplication/Division Properties, Geometry
I think what excited my students the most was the opportunity to be completely free to use their imaginations and create a scene in which they had complete control over every aspect. Even down to the medium. From simple materials like pencil and paper, to clay and action figures, the possibilities are endless!
There are also really helpful tutorials all over the internet. A few of my favorites are:
Youtube is full of tutorials and examples. Have fun, and I would love to see what your children create!