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Flipping Out: The Art of Flip Book Animation

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Author/Publisher/Website: Hurtado, D.
Copyright: 2016
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Oct/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781633220713
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 2-9
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Resource Description

This engaging resource provides students with step-by-step instructions, tips, techniques, and exercises to produce their own flip books. They will learn about the entire process of creating a flip book, from the tools and materials needed, drawing simple animations, developing more complex scenes, defining a genre for the story, developing characters, choosing locations, solving problems along the way, and finally to binding a flip book. Easy, straightforward language is accompanied by extensive illustrations. Useful as a teacher resource to flip art, to tailor lessons for younger students, and for older students to use as a resource to create independent or collaborative projects.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Comments:
Flipping Out, the Art of Flip Book Animation is fully aligned with BC's curriculum in a variety of strands including ADST, the Arts, and Language Arts (grade 2-9). Some of the Big Ideas include: "Artists experiment in a variety of ways to discover new possibilities and perspectives", as well as "technical drawing, including sketching techniques and manual drafting techniques." The reference helps students learn to illustrate and create animated flip books. The text provides step-by-step instructions, including required tools and materials, the importance of sketching, getting the timing right, animation techniques, and binding flip art into a book.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Moderately
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
The students can learn the skills to create flip books of their own (Grade 5-9), or it can be used for a guided inquiry/exploration (Grade 2-4), including keyframes, in-betweens, animating characters, and binding their animations into a book. The text further suggests to readers that they can also use their flip books to make digitally-animated stories. The students may work on collaborative projects in a flexible-paced learning environment such as a Makerspace or genius hour. Overall, this text supports BC's curriculum in a variety of subject areas, along with promoting many Core Competencies.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
It is a wonderful introduction to the art of creating flip books. It has just enough instruction to get students started, though for lower grades (grade 2-4) it may have a little more information, however, the teachers can adapt for their students easily. An advanced 7 to 8-year-old reader can easily follow 50% of the instructions due to the appropriate use of illustrations and easy language. However, an introductory video is suggested prior to the introduction of this book as some students may not know what a flip book is.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Moderately
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Moderately
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Moderately
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Moderately
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Moderately
Comments:
The resource does not include instructional design as it is intended to be a reference text to gain knowledge about flip book creation. Thus, it does not contain classroom-based assessments or pre-lesson activities. However, the information is presented in small paragraphs and with illustrations to guide the students through the process. The book provides enough understanding about the process but may not lead to mastery as flip book creation is a very creative process demanding a lot of curiosity, creativity, and practice. Thus, teachers may use this book as a teacher resource and tailor the material based on students' needs, especially for lower grades.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Extensively
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Moderately
Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
Extensively
Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Extensively
Are the images compelling?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Primary reference material
Comments:
The resource provides enough detail to create a flip book, including the process of designing and animating characters, essential elements of the story, background design, and putting all elements together to create and bind a flip book. Illustrator, David Hurtado, wrote this book based on his own experience, thus this book may not need any bibliography. At the end, the book contains an, 'About the Author' page that provides the link to his website: www.davidhurtado.com which will allow students to explore his work in detail and extend learning.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
For grade 2-4 students, this reference can be used as a teacher resource as vocabulary can be a little bit difficult to comprehend for students. However, for grade five students and above, this resource can be used as a class reference. Overall, it is a valuable resource to promote various Core Competencies of the curriculum.
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