4th Grade Animation

To begin this project, we talked about different types of animation, how it can be made, and what it looks like.

We practiced the basic concept of “making a still picture move” by making thaumatropes and 2 step animations.  To make the thaumatropes, the students drew a picture on either side of a round piece of paper.  The two pictures were related but different: a whale and ocean waves or an ice cream sundae and a cherry.  The trick to making these animations move is to draw one of the pictures upside down.  This way, when the paper flips back and forth, the two images are combined into one.  To make this fast spinning possible, we tied yarn through holes on either side that could be twisted through your fingers.

To create the 2 step animation, we folded a piece of paper in half and cut a flap in the front fold.  We drew two pictures, one on each layer.  This time, the pictures were similar but with one component that had been changed: a sun high in the sky then setting on the horizon line, or a hand waving.  To make the images move, the front flap is rolled up around a pencil then pulled up and down like a shade to visually combine the pictures.

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