Curriculum Connections

Tips for Tying Claymation and Stop Motion to CA State Standards


Below is a work in progress, started at Zeum, a digital arts and technology museum in San Francisco, CA.  During my time as a summer intern at Zeum, I created the Science, Language Arts, Health,and English and Language Development sections .  The History and Social Sciences section was worked on by another employee.  I have been given permission to add this document to this site and utilize it in my projects at USF. These are examples of ways to tie in state standards  to the California state curriculum.  This is a work in progress and as additions are made,the document will be updated and in turn shared with Zeum.  Make sure you check out Zeum at


Grade 3

Grade 4-5

Grade 6-8

Grade 9-12

History and Social Sciences


3.1. Use a chart-based storyboard to organize information about people, places and environments in a special context and make physical and cultural landscape of California come to life through clay animation.


4.1 Develop a better understanding of physical and human geographic features by mapping stories about them and bringing those stories to life by creating clay versions of them.


4.4 Explore the impact of twentieth century Californian’s on the nation’s artistic and cultural development, including the rise of the entertainment industry by learning about and participating in the process of stop-motion animation. 



6.2 Explore the major river systems and physical settings of early civilizations by designing and creating clay animation movies that bring them to life.


6.3 Bring Abraham, Moses and other historic figures from the development of the Jewish Religion to life in clay reenactments.


7.1 Explore conflict by creating dialogue that shows what may have taken place between different personalities in the Roman Empire.


8.3 Reenact or reinterpret major debates that occurred during the development of the Constitution within a clay animation movie..


10.3   Relate current

events to past inventions and discoveries (Eli Whitney, Thomas Edison…) by creating stories that combine both.


10.4 Consider moral issues raised by issues such as hegemony, social Darwinism and the missionary impulse by imagining situations, mapping stories and bringing them to life.


11.5 Illustrate elements of the Harlem Renaissance and trends in music, literature and art by selecting parts and creating stories about them to animate.




Grade 3

Grade 4-5

Grade 6-8

Grade 9-12


3.3 . Relate understanding of diverse life forms in different environments, such as oceans, deserts, tundra, forests, grasslands, and wetlands, by producing clay armature animals that thrive in one of the habitats.  Create a clay animation movie that shows the animals interacting, feeding, hunting etc.




4.2 Bring the food chain and food web to life through a clay animation movie. Use a storyboard to organize each scene, demonstrating how herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and/or decomposers interact with plants and animals in their environment.


5.2  Construct a model of a cross section of a heart and lungs from clay.  Create a clay animation video that correctly reveals the path of blood through the heart, and/or the exchange of CO2 and O2 in the lungs.


8.2   Demonstrate understanding of how force is impacted by balance and the mass of an object by planning a clay animation video to show this concept.  Show in video how velocity changes based on magnitude and balance. 


7.1  Prepare a clay animation video of the process of mitosis.






Language Arts

3.2 Follow simple multiple-step written instructions provided by teacher to create clay animation video with specific topic, steps, actions etc.


4.1 Construct clay animations that differentiate what an idiom appears to mean and its actual meaning.






1.1  Produce a clay animation that exhibits the full life cycle of an organism from birth to death.

7.2. Demonstrate ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, at school, and in the

community in a claymation movie.

1.1.S Describe safety hazards, including those related to fire, water, dangerous objects, being

home alone, and using the Internet by way of creating a clay animation video and then orally presenting information.

7.1.A  Produce a clay animation video that shows an a positive alternative to using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.















English-Language Development

Demonstrate comprehension of the basic sequence of events in a story read aloud by creating a storyboard and clay animation video depicting the beginning, middle and end.  Use simple words and short phrases to explain. 





View a partner’s clay animation video, and ask simple questions about the video.  Partner uses simple questions to respond.


Create clay animation and demonstrate ability to utilize connectors (first, then next, last) by retelling video created. 

Demonstrate understanding of idiomatic expressions by creating a clay animation video that shows the actual meaning.















The links below are student generated videos from  These were created by students at various age levels to address curriculum standards.  The software used is unknown.

Fractions Stop Motion

US History Claymation

Various Science Claymations

Mitosis Stop Motion

Art Class Project Stop Motion

A Science Safety Claymation

Boy Who Cried Wolf Claymation

The following ideas were listed in iStopMotion2's site.


  • Create characters out of clay, paint a background, model landscapes…
  • Promote art at your school by creating advertisements
  • Demonstrate how colors are combined


  • Write a poem and then create a clay animation to explain or enhance it                                                  
  • An Example of Claymation Across the Curriculum- Fees Middle School

  • Animate a fiction story
  • Create a clay animation of a historic event
  • Illustrate vocabulary words, idioms, and more
  • Clay characters eat their lunch at a French Café while conversing in French for French class.


  • Create an animation which demonstrates the concept of fractions
  • Use clay animations to demonstrate how to plot coordinates
  • Demonstrate with clay how concepts and equations are solved


  • Show the probability density of an electron in a hydrogen atom
  • Create a animation which demonstrates a plant's growth