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3rd, 4th, 5th


Visual and Performing Arts


50 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


Google Docs, Google Slides


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Climate Animations and Stop Motion Techniques (Animate for the Animals #3)

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Feb 22, 2024
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In this lesson, students watch videos and learn about photography to implement photography techniques in their stop motion projects.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch stop motion animation videos about climate change to identify techniques. 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students view photographs to learn about varying photography techniques to use in their stop motion projects. 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students complete the Stop Motion Plan Review, adding photography techniques and other details to their plan.
Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips


  • The photography and stop motion video examples are all related to climate change to spark intrigue and start discussions.
  • There is deep learning about photography techniques.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 3 of 4 in our 3rd-5th grade Animate for the Animals unit.
  • The teacher will need to organize worksheets for students.
  • The teacher will need to ensure that there are devices available if the Investigate section is done individually or in small groups.


  • Student partners could be chosen by the teacher to ensure good academic and social balance.
  • Students could explore the Investigate section in groups instead of having the teacher lead the discussion. The whole class could come back together to discuss their new knowledge after the groups are finished.
Scientist Notes

This lesson focuses on photographic stop motion animation techniques. Climate change can be a part of this lesson. All materials used in the lesson have been verified and are suitable for teaching. In this light, this lesson is credible and recommended for the classroom.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Primary Standards

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Media Arts: Standard 1 - Generating and conceptualizing ideas.
      • 1.2.5.Cr1a: Generate ideas for media artwork, using a variety of tools, methods and/or materials.
      • 1.2.5.Cr1d: Collaboratively form ideas, plans, and models to prepare for media artwork.
    • Media Arts: Standard 2 - Organizing and developing ideas.
      • 1.2.5.Cr2c: Brainstorm goals and plans for a media art audience.
    • Media Arts: Standard 3 - Refining and completing products.
      • 1.2.5.Cr3c: Explore how elements and components can be altered for clear communication and intentional effects, point of view, perspective, and refine media artworks to improve clarity and purpose.
    • Media Arts: Standard 4 - Selecting, analyzing, and interpreting work.
      • 1.2.5.Pr4a: Practice combining various academic arts, media forms, and content into unified media artworks such as animation, music, and dance.
    • Media Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.2.5.Re7b: Identify, describe, explain and differentiate how various forms, methods, and styles in media artworks affect and manage audience experience when addressing global issues including climate change.


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