Thanks to Greg Paulsen, Kevin Hodgson, and Carolyn Daly for joining me to discuss the ins and outs of clay animation in the classroom including rationale, sample projects ideas, and down and dirty tips on how to get started.
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Clay animation is a fantastic way to engage students in learning and motivate reluctant writers. I'm thinking it would be a great way to illustrate things like the heart in the upcoming Mystery to Medicine unit or the different places Bill Pinkney visited in Journeys. It's not just for your gifted students, it's for anyone who's visual or kinesthetic and it works particularly well for the students who are struggling. They're the ones who need additional repetition.
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Because students can work on the clay animation projects independently these projects don't necessarily take up lots of class teaching time. Setting deadlines and time limits helps a lot. I recorded a podcast of interviews from teachers doing clay animation projects. It might be worth a listen if you're going to start implementing this... http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=271...