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Stop Motion Animation


3rd, 4th, 5th


Visual and Performing Arts


150 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


Google Docs, Google Slides


This lesson plan is licensed under Creative Commons.

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Project Guide (Animate for the Animals #4)

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Last Updated:
Dec 3, 2023
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This lesson will guide students through the process of creating and reviewing their stop motion animation video. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video on art and activism.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students spend time creating their video in their groups.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect on each other's videos, writing about the techniques used, the feelings the creators achieved, and the success for awareness of the climate change issue.
Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips


  • Students learn how their projects can create change in their local community.
  • Students have the opportunity to share their work with their community.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 4 of 4 in our 3rd-5th grade Animate for the Animals unit.
  • Teacher will need to decide how students will create their stop motion videos and organize the required equipment.
  • Teacher may need to learn one or more apps if students decide to use different technology.


  • Instead of using the Analyzing Animations Worksheet, students could interview each other to get feedback.
  • Students could plan and organize ways to share their videos. This could include a movie night or messaging local, state, and federal representatives.
Scientist Notes

In this lesson, students will create an animation where they will convey a message of their choice about climate and the environment. The video about the climate activist includes information about how climate is specifically impacting Milwaukee, although the affects she mentioned in the video are applicable other places. This resource is recommended for teaching.


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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