Grade 2

Stop Motion With Koma Koma

Innovative Designer
Koma Koma


Koma Koma is a great application for an iPad or tablet. It is a quick and easy way for beginners to create stop motion videos.

Students will:

  • Be able to use the KOMA KOMA application to create a stop motion video.

Vocabulary Words:

  • Stop Motion: Stop Motion is a filming technique in which objects (such as clay models) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move.

Note: You should familiarize yourself with the koma koma buttons 

  • Shoot: Takes on frame
  • Play: Plays the animation repeatedly
  • Delete: If you click on the button quickly, only one frame will be deleted. If you hold the button down, all frames will be deleted.
  • Save: Hold the button down to save your work.
  • Settings: Click this button to change things like the frame rate and camera settings.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • This is an app for an iPad or a tablet. It will eventually work on Windows and iOS computers but not as of now. Go to the App Store and download Koma Koma

  • This lesson will take more than one class setting if you are planning on having them create a specific content area video.

  • View the tutorial on KOMA KOMA. ​​​​ 

  • Read this article from Edutopia on How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom.

  • Here are some ideas for beginners for stop motion.

  • ISTE has an excellent article to Engage Elementary Students with Stop Animation. ​​​

  • This website has a PowerPoint that you can share with your students on stop motion as well as a storyboard if you want students to brainstorm.
    • Decide what you would like students to create a stop motion video on.

      • Rural-Urban and Suburban LEGO stories are great examples.

      • Legos are an engaging way to use this app, but here are additional ideas. 

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. The teacher says to students, ”Today you will be creating movies!”

    • Explain stop motion to students with this video

    • Demonstrate the KOMA KOMA APP to students.

    • Really explain that they will need to have a lot of pictures to create their video. They will use their device to take pictures. Tip: A 10-second video will require 80-100 photos. It always takes longer than you think. 

    • Explain the type of video or choices of what you want them to create.

    • Suggested time frame:

      • DAY 1: Explain stop motion/ storyboard brainstorm

      • DAY 2: Create character/ rehearse

      • DAY 3: Create Video

Different options for assessing the students:

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Innovative Designer
4a. Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
4b. Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
4c. Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
4d. Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.


Create a storyboard for the video. 

  • Students learn how to take photos and create a video. 
  • Students learn the fundamentals of creating a video. 
  • Students can create a video to teach how plants grow. 
  • Students can create a video to show the four different seasons. 

This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools, April 2020. Updated November 2021.