3D Animation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
What is three-dimensional animation and how is it made? Answer these and other questions about the art with this lesson plan that includes an informational text, activities, and a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 3D animation
  • compare and contrast two and three-dimensional animation
  • explain the history of three-dimensional animation
  • describe the process of creating three-dimensional animation


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • Copies of the lesson 3-D Animation: History & Definition, one for each student
  • Samples of three-dimensional video such as Gumby or Robot Chicken for student viewing
  • Technology with 3-D capabilities, if available
  • Clay
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Cameras
  • Technology to upload and animate still images

Key Vocabulary

  • Animate
  • Flip-books
  • 2-D animation
  • Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)
  • Stop-motion
  • Claymation
  • Computer graphics

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