Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference

Teaching Writing Skills with Animated Shorts

If you are looking for some high-interest activities, try using animated shorts to teach inference skills. This post contains the animated short film Lonely Island found on YouTube and inserted in this post. 

Using Lonely Island to Teach Inference [2:50]

In this fun video, a stranded man wishes to leave a deserted island. Every time a plane passes over he tries to get the pilot’s attention. Will he get off the island?

 

The Handout 

Teaching Inference with Animated Shorts

In the accompanying handout, students summarize, infer, and make predictions. You can get the handout by clicking on the button.

 

I WANT THE HANDOUT.

 

What people are saying about this unit…

Megan

Probably the best resource I have ever purchased! Easy to use, fun, and engaging! The students had so much fun learning because of these shorts! Highly recommend!

 

The handout includes the following questions:

List ways the viewer knows the man has been on the island a long time.

He has built a hut.
The man has learned how to catch food from the sea.
He has shot down 17 flying objects.

Why does the man use a telescope?

The man is looking for food in the ocean.
How many objects has the man knocked out of the sky?
seventeen

What does “Next Level at 20” mean?

The man considers knocking flying objects out of the sky a game. He has knocked down 17 items and will go to the next level when he knocks down 20. This is like he was playing a video game. Viewers can assume he will move off the island to a different location after he knocks down 20 flying objects.

Why is there a tombstone on the beach?

The tombstone has a Superman emblem with the words Super Baby. It appears the man knocked down a superhero.

More Samples from the Teaching Reading with Animated Shorts Series

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Pt 1 Digital+Printable
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Pt 2 Digital+Printable
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Digital Christmas
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Digital Bundled

 

 Writing Series
Teaching Narrative Writing Skills with Animated Short Films Digital + Printable
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Pt 2 Digital+Printable
Teaching Informative Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Digital + Printable
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-Writing-Skills-with-Animated-Short-Films-Digital-Printable-5042619

 

Teaching Reading Skills with Animated Shorts

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3 comments

    • Patty on August 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Can’t wait to use this resource with my class!

    • Terri Farmer on September 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I love your shorts and the pages that go with them. Unfortunately, I can only get the top 2 to open, the rest give me an error message. Is there another place I can find these? Thanks

    1. Thank you!! This is a series of posts that will run once a month throughout the school year. Look a the dates beside the links to see when the next post will become active.

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