For this Bi Weekly Reporting, I chose to look at a couple of lesson plans based on beginning animation. At teachanimation.org there are a lot of resources for lesson plans and working with kids in art and technology. I was drawn to a lesson plan on making a flipbook. It would be a simple way to start to teach students about tweening and how you can create movement with multiple pictures. I really enjoy the idea of teaching this because I believe it wouldn't be over whelming for young students to learn and by doing this process they may have a easier time tweening in Photo Shop. I would have the kids make a very simple, couple paged flipbook the first day I introduce the idea. I would explain tweening and how you would just move your characters a little bit at a time and show examples on the web of flipbooks made. After the students have sketched out the character or charters' they would like to use, they would be able to begin their more complex flipbook with alot more pages. I would try to have them focus on accuracy with color, size and their image. This would be a fun and great way to ease into using technology to make a video.
Another Lesson Plan I was drawn to was very similar to the Flip Book. It was a lesson plan on phenakistocopes. I don't believe I have ever made one but it is very similar to a flipbook, only this one is looping. Students (especially) elementary would really enjoy doing this project because it's simple, fun and hands on. The students will also become more aware of looping and that you can have an ongoing video. Both these lesson plans would be very helpful for an introduction to animation for young kids.
Gunn, Karin. "Flipbooks." Teach Animation. Feb. 2008. Web. 29 Sept. 2011. http://www.teachanimation.org/fliplesson.html.
Gunn, Karin. "Phenakistoscopes Lesson." Teach Animation. Feb. 2008. Web. 29 Sept. 2011. http://www.teachanimation.org/phenalesson.html.