Animation – Under the Sea

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  • Create an animated undersea scene
  • Include one swimming fish
  • Include one jiggling octopus

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 9.28.25 pm  iMotion Pro

  • Create an animal emerging from and returning to a blob of playdough

 Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.06.56 pm  Green Screen by Do Ink ($4.49)

  • Combine your undersea scene and play dough creature.

Human Body Animations

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Create an animation to show us how a body part or body system works.

Here is J’Lee’s Digestive System animation.

Below are some examples created by students at other schools.

The Digestive System – RegWalsh

The Respiratory System – Tim Tootles


Introducing Animation

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Use iMotion Pro to create an animation of a tower.

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Animation and Drawing by Do Ink ($7.99) 

Watch the first tutorial and create your own animation of a buzzing fly.


Watch the second tutorial and create your own animation of a buzzing fly.


Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.06.56 pm  Green Screen by Do Ink ($4.49)

Use Green Screen by Do Ink to combine your tower and basketball animations.

Animation – Rolling Ball

Fold a sheet of green A3 paper in half to make a back drop.


  • Use iMotion in manual mode to make a video of a play dough rolling across the scene.
  • Start  outside the shot, have the ball roll across the screen and then out of  the shot again.

This activity comes from

Minecraft Comic Strips

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Power Out by Leon Duffy

From the iBooks store . . .

“Welcome to Cow Planet where the evil Dr Cowton has hatched a plan to unleash his Cow Ray and turn every living thing in the Universe into cows. Can the famous Astronauts Steve, Mark and David stop Dr Cowton and his diabolical plan.

This comic was created using Minecraft, Comic Life and Book Creator on an iPad by Leon Duffy from Carrigaline Educate Together National School. ”

>> You can download ‘Power Out’ by Leon Duffy from the iBooks Store

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Creating our own Comic Strips

  • Plan your story using the Seven Steps  planning guide.
  • Use Minecraft to create your images (take screenshots)
  • Use Strip Designer to make your comic.
  • Publish your comic strip, as an image, to our class blog.

Minecraft Comic

Rediscovered Animals

Imagining a Rediscovered Animal

Imagine a rediscovered animal of your own.

Why was it thought to be extinct?

What caused your animal’s population to almost disappear?

How was it rediscovered?

 Creating a Rediscovered Animal


Create a 3D model of your own  creature.


  • pipecleaners
  • joggle eyes
  • supertac

Creating a Habitat


Use coloured paper to create your habitat.

You might need to use tabs to make your objects stand up.


  • cover paper
  • glue stick

Animal Facts

Complete a graphic organiser that includes the following information:

  • What is your animals name?
  • Where does it live?
  • What type of habitat does it live in?
  • What does it eat?
  • What are its prey?
  • What are its predators?
  • What does it look like?
  • Is it endangered?
  • What are the threats?
  • What are two interesting facts about your animal?

Animal Images 

Take a variety of photograph of your creature in its habitat.


Create a shadow puppet presentation telling the story of your creatures near extinction and rediscovery.

Share your Work

Upload your presentation to your class blog.


Coding with Tynker and Ollie

The Info Lit team have acquired a fantastic new robot.

His name is Ollie.

You can use your iPhone or iPad as a remote to control Ollie or you can use an App  to program him.

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Over the weekend, I took Ollie home and worked on learning to use Tynker (free or $7.49) to program him.

I think I still have quite a bit of learning to do.





Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

They were thought to be extinct for over 80 years… Until a handfull of these amazing stick insects were found clinging to a small bush on Balls Pyramid off Lord Howe Island. Invertebrate specialist Rohan Cleave shows us why these ‘land lobsters’ are so freaky cool, and how Melbourne Zoo saved the species from extinction.

Find out more at

In a world first, zookeeper Rohan Cleave captured the amazing hatching process of a critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect at Melbourne Zoo. The eggs incubate for over 6 months and until now the hatching process has never been witnessed. If you didn’t see it you wouldn’t believe it could fit in that egg!

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Lord Howe Island Stick Insects – Blog Post

  • Watch the videos and read the information on the Zoos Victoria website.
  • Write a blog post about the stick insect that includes the answers to the following questions.
    • What happened to the Lord Howe Island Stick Insects that were living in the wild on Lord Howe Island?
    • How long were they thought to be extinct?
    • Where and when were the surviving insects found?
    • How is Melbourne Zoo helping to save this critically endangered species?
    • Are there any Lord Howe Island Stick Insects (living in the wild on Lord Howe Island now?
  • Your writing should flow and make sense. It should not be a list of disconnected sentences.
  • You may include extra information that is not related to the questions BUT only include information from the Zoos Victoria website and the videos.
  • Include at least three relevant photos
  • Remember to add references for all your information and pictures.
  • Proof read your work very carefully
  • Add your name as a category for your blog post

Advertising Strategies

Commercial companies use a range of advertising strategies to encourage us to buy their products.

These include:

  • music,
  • colour,
  • sound,
  • science,
  • fantasy,
  • repetition,
  • promises,
  • comparisons,
  • emotional triggers,
  • quotes,
  • exaggerations,
  • humour.

In pairs, visit the MacDonald UK media channel and select one of their campaign  videos to watch.

Discuss the add with your partner.

  • What advertising device was used?
  • Who is this add aimed at?
  • Would it convince you to buy MacDonalds?
  • Would it convince other people to buy MacDonalds?
  • Is it a fair to advertise in this way?

Create a blog post, on your class blog, to discuss your findings

  • Embed your MacDonalds Video.
  • Add your text
  • Proofread
  • Add your first name as the catergory
  • Publish your post.


Creating your Avatar

Making your Avatar:

What is an avatar you ask? Well its an image that represents you! Here are two sites you can use:

Here is a free App recommended by students in 6MK

WeeMee Free

Please create an avatar

  • Remember you don’t need to sign up. Just take a screen shot and then crop it.
  • Use WebDAV Nav+ to upload it to our school network. Save it into the folder Class/_Grade6/Your class/InfoLit/Avatars
  • Please don’t use your school photo.

If you find any other useful websites or apps could you please add a comment. ~ Thank you.