Monday, March 19, 2018

How to Make a Flip Book

“A flip book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change. Like motion pictures, they rely on persistence of vision to create the illusion that continuous motion is being seen rather than a series of discontinuous images being exchanged in succession; this is also known as the phi phenomenon. Rather than "reading" left to right, a viewer simply stares at the same location of the pictures in the flip book as the pages turn. The book must also be flipped with enough speed for the illusion to work, so the standard way to "read" a flip book is to hold the book with one hand and flip through its pages with the thumb of the other hand. The German word for flip book—Daumenkino, literally "thumb cinema"—reflects this process.” (From Wikipedia)

Flip Book Examples


-stack of sticky notes
-bull clips

Tips for Making Your Own Flip Book

1 - Choose your subject. You could animate a character such as a stick figures, person, animal, or object. What would you like to see move? A ball bouncing? A slam dunk? A ship sinking? A bird flying? A tree falling? A letter going into a mail box? A bird returning to a nest with a wiggly worm? What interests you?
2 - Be sure to keep your sticky notes together using the bull clips. This will help the sheets flip crisply.
3 - Begin with the bottom sheet of the pad. Draw your figure or object using pencil. 
4 - Turn to the next sheet (the second from the bottom) and see your original drawing through the sheet. Draw a small change in the figure or object. As with your zoetrope and praxinoscope animations, the changes from sheet to sheet should be small. If you have drawn a setting element, such as a tree, basketball hoop, or half-pipe on your first sheet, be sure to carry it from sheet to sheet by tracing. This will help your setting remain stationary.
5 - Repeat this process for each sheet, making small incremental changes to the figure or object.
6 - From time to time test your animation to see if the outcome is what you are wanting. If you need to make changes, go back and erase and try again.
7 - Enjoy your flip book!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Classroom Notes


Standardized state testing is on the horizon. These tests, called the Smarter Balanced tests, are very different from the former OAKS tests in their size and scope. A state testing opt-out form is available in the Lewis office. If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to the Lewis office before actual testing begins. Lewis plans to schedule tests to begin in late March and run into May. The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask.

We have had another busy and productive week in room 20. Project Second Wind Food and Fund Drive to benefit Oregon Food Bank continues through Friday. Team 20’s colored pencil and watercolor signs are next to every door in the school to get the word out as are posters that we made with our first grade buddies. Here is more information, including a list of most wanted foods. I recently read an article titled Five Ways to Help Teens Think Beyond Themselves about helping kids find purpose in their lives and connect to something larger than themselves. Our food drive, I think, is a good way to model empathy and for us to contribute as a team to our own community. Our Lewis Book Drive for Lewis’s Little Free Library and the Children’s Book Harvest for The Children’s Book Bank had similar functions, as did the Street Roots Vendor Drive that many classrooms throughout our school participated in during December.

Looking ahead, we will celebrate Women’s Day as a fourth and fifth grade on Thursday. Thank you for helping your kid complete their interview with an important woman in their life. We will share these interviews during our celebration and connect them with an art activity. During language workshop, we have been working on persuasive writing and learning to organize an argument. We began reading Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. Several Team 20 kids are in the upcoming school play, Written in Stone. Here’s more information about the production and tickets. I am looking forward to seeing the Thursday performance. 

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Elwha River Articles

The freshly freed Elwha River meanders through a former lakebed. Photograph by Jason Jaacks, National Geographic Creative

Elwha River Articles

River Revives After Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History - National Geographic

Elwha: Roaring Back to Life - The Seattle Times