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    In January, Thea Pratt, a stop motion specialist, held a workshop at the school. Grade 5 and 6 students who had attended it developed an interest in this form of animation, and a small group of them decided to work on small film projects.

    Both in class and during their lunch hour, they proceeded through every step of the creative process: preparing a script, organizing their work space, building a mock-up and characters, and editing their films. All of this was done while respecting social distancing guidelines. Once classes resumed, they wished to pursue this project, which each did individually. An animated film festival had been planned for the end of the year to showcase their handiwork, but it has been postponed until the end of the 2021 school year. What a great idea for a new entrepreneurial project!



    Level of education

    Elementary Cycle Three (Elementary 5 and 6)

    Students involved

    16 Students

    Nature of the project


    Results observed

    By drawing storyboards, the students learnt to organize their ideas and create sequences of events, newly acquired skills they could then apply to script writing or problem solving. Not only did they have fun while making their films, they discovered new interests and enjoyed the feeling of competence associated with the realization of one's goals. In addition to learning how to overcome obstacles and persevere, they developed their creativity, efficient work methods and leadership ability. The students' families, the community and viewers worldwide watched their cinematic productions and commented on them. The students are proud of their achievements—strong motivation to continue.

    Involvement and support

    • At the start of the project, a computer operator was on hand to provide technical support.
    • The RÉCIT education counsellor provided material resources and advice.
    • The teacher overseeing the project guided the students, found materials and worked with them during her lunch hour.
    • Thea Pratt, school artist and stop motion animation expert.
    • Parents and members of the community who donated materials.
    • Project promoted by local media: CHIP FM 101.9, The Equity and Le journal du Pontiac.

    Major steps

    • Thea Pratt's presentation led students to become interested in stop motion animation
    • Teams formed, scripts written and the first films were shot with the materials the students had on hand: legos, plasticine, web camera and smart tablet
    • A list of the materials needed was drawn up: sculpting tools, clay and cardboard
    • Backdrops, accessories and characters created
    • Students developed their technique for improving scripts
    • Techniques learnt were applied
    • Animated film festival project held

    Project materials needed

    • Video camera, computer, Chromebook, tablet (with tablet stand) or document camera
    • Legos
    • Plasticine 
    • Sculpting tools
    • Clay
    • Cardboard

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad Areas of Learning

    Subject Areas

    Intellectual competencies

    Methodological competencies

    Communication-Related competency

    Personal and social competencies

    Positive influences on student retention

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