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!
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 :)