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Educator's guide

Pixar in a Box is designed to help students answer an age old question: "Why do I need to learn this stuff?" Our answer is found in a series of interactive lessons that demonstrate that the very same concepts that students learn in school are used to make movies at Pixar. We have content appropriate for grade 3 and up.

Lesson design

Story lessons

If you are new to PIAB you might want to check out our storytelling lesson since story is at the heart of every part of the filmmaking process at Pixar. It is a six part lesson that takes you from zero to a finished storyboard for a film. This lesson requires approximately 12 working hours to complete in its entirety.

Production lessons

We have a library of lessons focused on each step of the production process which are designed to be explored in any order. They all begin with a lesson on the artistic challenges faced in that department, followed by a second lesson on the technical underpinnings. On average, these lessons take approximately 1 hour to complete. You can use the search tool below to find grade/age appropriate lessons. We also have teacher guides below the search tool.

Find your lesson

Below is search tool to help you find relevant lessons for your class.

Teacher guides

We have teacher guides for the first lesson in all of the production modules. You can download them here (right click "save as"):

Hands-on activities

We've created some hands-on activities to extend our introductory lessons. You'll find these at the bottom of lessons under "hands-on activities". Here are links to take you directly to our activities:
  • Learn hand drawn animation in this three-part activity.
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Apply combinations to create a crowd of dinosaurs using a small number of parts.
  • Appropriate for grades 5 to 8
  • Use string art construction to weave parabolic curves by hand.
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Practice looking at light and shadow.
  • Analyze how lighting influences the shape, color and value of light and shadow in a scene.

Related content

Interested in more STEAM content from the creators of Pixar in a Box? Check out our new series Imagineering in a Box that enables learners to explore different aspects of theme park design, from characters to ride development.

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