Winter Writing Activities | Stop Motion Animation | Narrative Writing

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Teacher's Brain - Cindy Martin
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Great resource to help start animation with your students. The videos and storyboarding were very helpful:) My students had an amazing time and were extremely engaged with this activity!
So cool! Such a fun way to discover animation. Love the author study! Can't wait to try to flip book! Thanks for the helpful videos!!
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Need a FANTASTIC HOOK to help motivate your students to learn narrative creative writing skills? Use animation with a real-life Disney animator as an attention grabber to help your lessons explode your student's engagement level! There are over 3 weeks of winter writing lesson plans with action packed activities included.

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These activities can be used any time of the year even though the main animation is about a snowman. The focus is creative narrative writing through the integration of beginning animation concepts. Have your students learn about Chad Stewart, a Disney animator. Use his short animation to inspire your class to write creatively!


Pg. 1 Cover

Pg. 2 Standards

Pg. 3 Table of Contents

Pg. 4-5 Two Weeks of Suggested Lesson Plans (There is a 3rd week for animation.)

Pg. 6-11 Animator Spotlight, Interview and REPORT

Pg. 12 Brainstorming (snowman)

Pg. 13 Design a Book Cover

Pg. 14 – 15 Brainstorm words for the Animation Setting

Pg. 16 Transition Words

Pg. 17-22 Animation Sequencing Writing (with example)

Pg. 23- 30 Writing with a Creative Ending (Decorative Page Topper)

Pg. 31 Narrative Leads

Pg. 32 Descriptive Words

Pg. 33 Narrative Writing Choice Board

Pg. 34 Think about your character

Pg. 35-38 Narrative Story Elements (4 to choose from)

Pg. 39-42 Narrative Writing Paper (primary and intermediate lined)

Pg. 43- 46 Rubrics (teacher and student self-assessment)

Pg. 47-48 Certificates for GREAT Writers

Pg. 49-52 Winter Snow Picture Flip Book (sequencing and creative ending)

Pg. 53 LESSON PLAN (week 3 – FOCUS is on Animation)

Pg. 54-57 Make a Thaumatrope

Pg. 58-61 Make STOP MOTION with Play Dough (need a camera, phone or ipad)

Pg. 62 - 66 Animation Story Board (mini Flip Book) 2 types with directions

Pg. 67 – 69 Curl Animation

Pg. 70 Comic Strip Style (Fill in the thought bubbles)

Pg. 71 - 77 Draw a Snowman Step By Step with Writing Paper (primary and intermediate lined)

Pg. 78 Snowman Symmetry

Pg. 79 – 82 Writing Prompt (primary and intermediate lined)

Pg. 83 -86 Letter Writing (primary and intermediate lined)

Pg. 87 If my snowman came to life… Pennant

Pg. 88 Acrostic Poem about WINTER

Pg. 89- 90 Comprehension Passage and Questions (K-1 or 2-3rd)

Pg. 91-96 POSTERS

Pg. 97 Book Cover Example Photo

Pg. 98 Credits

Students will have links to the short animation to analyze prior to writing. There are links to the beginning animation activities for you to model as an example. There are examples of writing expectations, rubrics, posters, comprehension, ideas and so much more!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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