One of the most universally loved things right now is Disney movies. Frozen, Luca, Encanto… parents and kids alike love these movies. Which makes sense! The animation capabilities of these Disney creators are incredibly impressive.
Since it is something students love so much, naturally, I tried to think of ways to make it educational so they can enjoy it in the classroom as well. I found that stop-motion animation is a great introduction to animated movies and the enormous amount of skill, creativity, dedication, and art that goes into each movie.
It all starts with a good story! I found this way of approaching narrative, creative writing to be an extremely effective way to hook students into the concept because they want to create their own masterpieces.
With that in mind, I created a winter resource that will teach students about animation from a REAL Disney animator. How cool is that?!
This Stop Motion Animation Creative Writing three week unit is jam-packed with activities to get your students fully engaged in the creative process.
The focus of this resource is creative narrative writing through the integration of beginning animation concepts. The real Disney animator will get your students inspired and get those creative juices flowing.
The Animator Spotlight and Animator Interview will teach students everything they need to know to complete an animator study report.
Teaching students about short animation will help them better understand sequencing events and how to make their own creative endings. After that, students can use the printables provided to design their own book covers!
You’ll get everything you need with this resource. This includes lined paper along with writing toppers to make displaying your students’ work in your classroom easy and cute.
In addition to these activities, you’ll also get narrative writing choice boards, narrative lead ideas, creative writing story elements, a snowman flip book, and so much more. Furthermore, the stop motion animation directions will teach you how to create an animation with your students easily with tools you already have.
I included lots of extras with this resource for centers like the snowman drawing instructions and comprehension checks.
Interested in learning more? Check out my video here!
Looking for more winter activities? Check out these Winter Olympics activities!