Friday, October 11, 2013

Thanks A Lot

This week the children and I learned Raffi's song "Thanks a Lot". Raffi and Fred Penner were my two favourite singer/songwriters when I was a child and I often play their music in my classroom. They both have beautiful songs with powerful and important lyrics that teach great life lessons... and they also have a ton of super fun, silly songs to dance to!

This is our (and my) first attempt at stop-motion animation... which it's a fancy technology trick that makes a video look like those paper flip books :) The children worked in partners to create paper representations of one part of the song. Then the children placed their pieces on the backdrop where I took photos of them. In between each photo, the children moved their piece slightly (like the slight changes in the drawings in a flip book). Then all of the photos were compiled into this short video. (This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually was... I promise).

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
-Ms. Clarke

Thanks A Lot from Erin Malkoske on Vimeo.

PS - I tweeted the video to Raffi and he loved it! I'll tell you more about it on Tuesday :)


Anonymous said...

Loved the video, it was very creative! Did it take a long time to do?

Cathy (Matthew's mom)

Anonymous said...

That was awesome! I am so impressed with your artwork and thoughtful creations.

I want to try stop-motion with my class. Do you have any advice for them?

Mrs. Lowe
Stevenson-Britannia School

Ms. Nairn said...

Grade Ones and Twos,

That video was great! I loved how you represented the ideas in the song. In particular I liked how you kept adding to the sky scene with the wind and the moon and so on, it reminded me of a growing pattern.

I can't wait to share it with my grade 3 students. I think it may motivate them to want to use the same technique for some of our learning. Do you have any advice for us?

Please keep sharing your work.

Ms. Nairn