Slice of Life (Day 30): Making Quidditch Animations

(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write all through March, every day, about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.)

We do all sorts of celebrating for our school’s Quidditch season, which comes to a close TODAY with a day-long tournament for our sixth graders and then a students vs. teachers match this evening. I am tired just thinking about it. But it will be a lot of fun. Noisy fun. Exhausting fun. You get the idea.

Among the many classroom activities surrounding Quidditch, which includes various writing pieces such as diagramming plays and using expository writing to explain the plays, I show my students the basics of stopmotion animation using a site called ParaPara Animation (click the yellow wrench in the bottom right corner to get started). It’s simple to use, and a little quirky and a bit buggy, but the students love it. We had them making animations to celebrate Quidditch, and their teams.

Here are a few:

Peace (catch it),

  1. I am enraptured by these animations – must share them with our Harry Potter club of 3rd-5th graders! I am also captivated by your original Slicer badge.

  2. Love the animations. These kids are lucky to attend your school and have you as their teacher. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I just love that there are Quidditch matches at your school! How magical and cool is that?! It doesn’t really matter who wins and loses…you’re playing QUIDDITCH! I got to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter yesterday at Universal. Such a fun experience!

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