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Ecosystems, Visual Art Analysis


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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The New Jersey Bird Crisis (Animate for the Animals #2)

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Feb 25, 2024
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This lesson introduces students to stop motion animation and educates students on concerns about bird populations in New Jersey. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch stop motion videos and discuss the techniques. 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students investigate the decrease in bird populations in New Jersey due to climate change.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students work collaboratively to plan a presentation to create awareness and advocate for change to protect bird populations in their local area.
Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips


  • Students practice research and collaboration skills throughout the lesson.
  • Students take action by planning a stop motion animation to help protect New Jersey bird species.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 2 of 4 in our 3rd-5th grade Animate for the Animals unit.
  • Students will need access to devices to complete the research task.


  • Student groups could be created by teachers to ensure everyone can access the activities.
  • Teachers can support students by viewing the research sources beforehand to determine sources appropriate for lower-level readers.
  • You may allow students to find their own sources when conducting research.
Scientist Notes

This lesson incorporates stop motion animation art to deliver a message regarding the reduction of birds in New Jersey. 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 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.
    • Media Arts: Standard 11 - Relating artistic ideas and works within societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
      • 1.2.5.Cn11a: Identify, explain, research and show how media artworks and ideas relate to personal, social and community life (e.g., exploring online behavior, fantasy and reality, commercial and information purposes, history, ethics).


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