December 16, 2008

Insect Animation Lesson Plan

Methods with Children Lesson Plan:
Insect transformation animation lesson plan

Grade Level: 5th Grade
Age Level: 9 -10
Time Needed: 3 Class Periods (45 minutes each)
Focus: Integrating PowerPoint and Paint to create simple transforming animations.

A. Students will learn transformation and animating techniques.
B. Students will understand the act of transforming and how it works.
C. Students will learn how to integrate sounds and music into their animations.

Motivational Resources:
Animation demos saved to a CD (Animations created by me)
YouTube videos of animations: more specifically shown through PowerPoint.
Flipbooks- simple examples made up before class.

Art Materials: Computer lab, PowerPoint, Paint, internet, CD’s with sounds or music, Saving Devices (disks or flashdrives), scratch paper, pencils, and instructional handouts if needed.

Class Arrangement: Adapt to your settings and what is available to you. A computer lab is preferred. Initiate a seating chart if the class can’t handle open seating. Set your computer up to a projector so the class can be informed with information and steps together. Finally there needs to be adaptive art materials and technology for any individual that would like them or need them.

Instructional Procedure:
Class 1: The class will begin with an introduction to the PowerPoint animation lesson plan. The animations will be shown to the class so they get a better understanding of what the project is about. (10 Minutes) Next PowerPoint and Paint will be introduced. The class will be instructed to open these two programs. Give a demonstration on how to use the different tools within the two programs. Next explain the rules for the day. The students may not use more the 3 colors, and they must have a white background. They have to complete at least 2 slides today. (10 minutes) Have the class start with some scratch paper. They can draw their inset ideas on there. When the students feel comfortable they may move into Paint to create their insect and transformation slide. (15 minutes) Next the students will have to import their images into PowerPoint. Give a quick demonstration on how to Copy and Past from Paint to PowerPoint. Make sure to have each image on a separate slide in PowerPoint. (5 Minutes) At this point the students should have at least 2 separate slides in PowerPoint. Have the students save their work into their folder. (5 minutes)
Class 2: Have a brief introduction on what was introduced in the first class. Tell the students what they have to accomplish today. They must finish their animations by the end of class so they can add sound and music the next class period. Next introduce the animating techniques in PowerPoint. Make sure to go over how to duplicate and insert new slides. Go through how many slide they will need (how many transformation slides, how many animated slide, and how many ending slides). There should be at least 2 transformation slides in the beginning of the animation, at least 9 animation slides in the middle, and at least 2 ending or transformation slides at the end of the animation. In the end the students need to have at least 15 slides. Also make sure to show then the animation examples again. (10 minutes) While the students are working walk around to make sure everyone understands what they are to do and answer any questions they may have. (25 minutes) At the end of class have the students re-save their work into their folders. (5 minutes).
Class 3: Have the students open up their PowerPoint animations. The students will need to time their animations and add sounds to them. Show the students how to time their slides. Once the students are done with the timings move on to adding sounds. Have them open up a sound or music file they like from the music folder. Demonstrate how to upload that file to their PowerPoint animation. Have each student review his or her work. When they are finished have them re-save their work in their folder and also save their work to a cd from them to keep after grading. At the end of class they can so the class their animations and what they did.

Evaluation/ Assessment: Evaluation will be scored by class participation, attitude, use of time, creativity, and project objective requirements being meet.

Grading Rubric:
40% Did the student participate and do their best work?
30% Did the student follow the guidelines and topic choice?
20% Was the student creative with their work?
10% Did the student participate and ask questions?

100-90% A Excellent Work
89-80% B Well represents concepts and ideas
79-70% C Standard Work
69-60% D Project needs improvement
59-50% F Project should be reworked and tried again

DBAE Checklist:
Art Production: Simple animation using PowerPoint and Paint
Art History: Animation, Sounds
Art Criticism:
Aesthetics: Appreciate the process of animating through basic programs

Works Cited:

YouTube Video:

Animation Lesson Plan

Animation Lesson Plan

Grade Level: 5th Grade
Age Level: 10- 11
Time Needed: 6 class periods or less
Focus: integrating simple images with animation using Photoshop.

a. Student will learn basic animation skills with the computer
b. Student will introduce harmony with color to help create a unified composition.
c. Students will continue to develop the ability to pick the technique to get a desired effect.

Motivational Resources:
a. Movies
b. You Tube
c. Simple animations
d. Flipbooks
e. Books

Art Materials: computer, Photoshop (preferred), saving device (disk, flashdrive), scratch paper, index cards, pencils, stapler, and markers

Class Arrangement: Adapt to your settings and what is available to you for computer access. If a lab is available set up a seating chart so students don’t get side tracked with friends. Set your computer up to a projector to enlarge the image onto a screen. If there is no lab available use the few computers that are available to you in the classroom. Make sure to have one table with all the materials such as the scratch paper, index cards, or pencils. Put motivational resources up around the room to inspire the students to be creative. Finally there needs to be adaptive art materials and technology for any individuals that would like them or need them.

Instructional Procedure:
Class 1: The day will begin with a simple intro to animation. The class will explore different approaches to animation and what is going on in the world today. They will look at animation examples from You Tube and selected videos. The teacher will then discus the use of animation in Photoshop, and explain the animation project. Afterwards, the class will be introduced to their first activity.
Activity 1 Steps: Make a Flip Book
1: Students will get 12 index cards from the back table.
2: Students will then create a simple story board showing a circle moving around from index card to index card.
3: Students will then staple the index cards in order to create a simple flip book animation.
Class 2: The teacher will have a brief discussion on what was introduced in class I and reinforce the outcomes for the project. The teacher will then introduce Photoshop. Depending on the classes experience with Photoshop, this could take up most of the class period. Students need to know how to use the basic tools and how to make basic shapes. Next the teacher will demonstrate how to use the simple flip book animation to create a simple animation using Photoshop. This will be shown through another demonstration. After the demonstration, if there is time remaining, the students will create their own simple animation based of their flip book drawings.
Class 3: The teacher will reinforce what is expected for the simple flip book animation using Photoshop. The class will continue to finish their simple flip book animations on Photoshop. After most of the class is finished with their simple animations, the final project will be introduced. The rest of the day will be a work day. Most of all allow the students to be creative.
Steps for Final Animation Project:
1: Have students open Photoshop and create a new project that is 5?x6?.
2: Every student starts with a circle at the top right corner of the screen.
3: Students must use a white background
4: Each student will choice one dominate color to work with.
- Students may not use more than 3 colors throughout their animations.
5: Students will use their skills in Photoshop to create at least 15 slides/ layers to make their animation.
6: The students will start with the circle at the top of the page, animate it however they wish, and end with a circle (the same size and place) at the top of their page.
- Animations can include movement, growth, and change in formation. Students should also create an animation that grabs the audience.
Class 4: This day will be a work day. The teacher will reinforce what is expected for the project and show a few more examples of simple animations from the saved cd. The teacher will also walk around student to student to look at their current work or assist with any problems they may have.
Class 5: This is the final work day. The class will only have half the class time to complete their animations before display and critique time. Immediately after this time the teacher will demonstrate how to save their work onto a disk. The students will fallow by saving their animations to a disk, given to them from the teacher. Their final product should be nicely finished for grading and presenting. With the remaining time the students will fill out a worksheet about their animation, how the project went, and what they enjoyed about learning simple animations.
Class 6: Before introducing the next lesson plan the teacher will use this day to show the class their animations. The teacher will have a pre-made disk with all the students work. The work will be looped together and shown to the class. Afterwards, the class can comment on others animations, their animation, or how the project went for them. The teacher could also use this day and let the students add sounds or music to their animations.

Evaluation/ Assessment: Evaluation will be scored by class participation, attitude, use of time, creativity, and project objective requirements being meet. Student will also be assessed by an in class critique.

Grading Rubric:
40%: Did the student participate and do their best work?
30%: Did the student follow the guidelines and topic choice?
10%: Did the student participate in discussion and critique?

100-90% A Excellent work
89-80%: B Well represented concepts and ideas
79-70%: C Standard work
69-60%: D Project needs improvement
59-50%: F project should be reworked and tried again

DBAE Checklist:
Art production: Simple animation using Photoshop
Art History: Animation
Art Criticism: Critique of students work
Aesthetics: Appreciate the animations through the use of Photoshop

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September 18, 2008

Digital Collage Brainstorm

Found Object Digital Collage: “The Places We Go?
Have the students brainstorm the places they like to walk to from their home. This could be a park, restaurant, lake… extra. Have them chose one destination. As homework they will take time to walk to that destination. On the walk they should take pictures and gather things they see. Then, in class, they will create a digital collage about the place they like to go based on the photos and items they gathered.

Mask Collage:
Students will design a mask layout. This mask should describe their personality, so they will have to gather photos or items of things they enjoy. With those things they will create a skin for their mask/creature face.