Gold - Animation Creation

21. Coding & Game Design


In this Quest, you will be creating an animation. Your animation should tell a simple story. Your animation should include:

  • a costume change
  • talking between 2 or more sprites (characters)
  • any kind of movement
  • a plot (your story)


Key Vocabulary

Animation: Animation is a way of making a movie by using a series of drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of objects (such as puppets or models).

Storyboard: Storyboard is a sequence of drawings, typically with some directions and dialogue, representing the shots planned for a movie or television production.


1. Take a look at some tools that will help you out:

How do you come up with a story? When animating, it is a good idea to start with a storyboard. Storyboards help you plan out each step of your animation. Review the following storyboard link to see how you can use a storyboard to map out your animation, and then download the storyboard template and get started.

2. Use an online source for your Storyboard~ Storyboard That or download a storyboard word version or pdf version. Ask your teacher before you print it out.


 SB example

3. You have an idea, now how do you create it? Take a look at the following video links to learn some tips on how to make Scratch do the following: You may want to open a document and take notes. (We will be updating these soon to reflect the changes Scratch had made to their site in Jan 2019.)

4. You are ready to start your first animation! Remember to refer to the requirements listed above and review any of the videos you just watched if you are having trouble. When your animation is complete, submit it to your teacher. Ask your teacher how they would like you to share this with them.

Completing this Quest

Congratulations on finishing your first animation.  

Head on over to the Scratch website and take a look at some projects that others have done. If you see something cool take a look at the blocks to see if you can figure out how it works.  

Gather some ideas, because next is the Quest Up the Ante to learn about programming/coding.

I have completed this Gold Quest

Return to Coding & Game Design  OR  go to Up the Ante Gold Quest

ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

4. Innovative Designer
a. know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems
c. develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.