Learning about Animation teaches students the history and basic concepts of animation prior to them creating their own animation utilizing Adobe Flash. Another animation program could be substituted, but would require some changes to the directions for those portions of the unit.
Students being by doing guided research about the history of animation and presenting their findings in a PowerPoint or Prezi. Next, they learn about the twelve principles of animation by completing a worksheet. There is also a quiz over this material. With this knowledge about animation, students are ready to start creating their own. A short lesson on basic animation in Adobe Flash with students first watching the teacher create a bouncing ball and then completing it themselves from written directions and a tutorial, followed by another practice hands-on activity to add to and reinforce skills, leads to the culminating activity of the unit – to create a cartoon using their skills in Adobe Flash.
Files Included with this Lesson
• Teacher Notes and Resources (includes extension activities)
• History of Animation Project Expectations and Rubric *
• 12 Principles of Animation worksheet and links to reading *
• 12 Principles of Animation quiz and teacher key *
• Introduction to Adobe Flash – Bouncy Ball Project Step-by-Step Guide, Expectations and Rubric
• Adobe Flash Practice Exercises Project Expectations and Rubric
• Create a Cartoon in Adobe Flash Project Expectations and Rubric
*These lessons are also included in Learning Animation with Adobe Edge Animate.
Total Pages: 14
Teaching Duration: 3 weeks