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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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Dec 1, 2023
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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.


Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to New Jersey standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

Discover more on the New Jersey Climate Education Hub.


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