Weathering Animated GIFs

Weathering and erosion can sometimes be a hard concept for students in 2nd grade to understand. Constructing examples is the best way for students to understand the concept. Ms. Jackson and I decided to have the students in her second grade class at Glen Lea Elementary, make animated gifs.

We started the process by going to ABCYA! Animate. This is such a fun kid friendly site to make animations. The students made a background, added clouds, and drew a rock for the first frame. We then copied that frame a few times, then drew some rain and erased a little bit of the rock. We copied the frame a few more times and repeated the process. Students loved pressing play and seeing their rocks show weathering. Check out one of the examples.

Once the students complete this, they could easily make an animated gif of erosion or another type of weathering.

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