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Writing and Art: Modeling Clay Figures

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English Language Arts
Fine Arts



Brief Description

After reading The Clay Boy by Mirra Ginsburg, students will learn how to model figures using modeling clay for a story they write.


Students will

  • Write a story that includes a main character, a plot, and a setting.
  • Create a main character for their story.
  • Develop a plot for the story: Who did what, where, when, and why.
  • Form the figure/figures in their story using modeling clay.
  • Learn that clay animation is used to form motion pictures by manipulating the clay forms from pose to pose, taking a series of pictures, then running them together at a fast pace, frame by frame, to produce an animated film.


Language Arts, writing, story, character, plot, setting, art, modeling, clay, animation

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Lesson Plan Source

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National Standards

Visual Arts
Grades K-4
Content Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
Content Standard #3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject mater, symbols, and ideas
Content Standard #6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines



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