Aug 24

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference

Using Animated Shorts to Teach

Free Printables to Use with Animated Shorts (Inference)

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

In the accompanying handout, students will summarize, infer, and make predictions. You can download the handout here.

Animated Short

Lonely Island [2:50]

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?



This post is a sample of my new product “Using Animated Short Films to Teach Reading Skills.” Each month one additional post from this series will go live. You can find the links and post dates listed below.

Each post will contain one animated short with a printable handout. You can collect all ten by coming back each month.

In the full resource, available on Teachers Pay Teachers, you will receive not only the handouts from these ten posts but forty-two additional printables.

The printables contain organizers with guiding questions to help students evaluate the short film and learn valuable reading skills. All short films will be added to a webpage on Book Units Teacher for easy access. The link to this webpage will be included in the purchased product.

Check out the products on Teachers Pay Teachers:

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films [Printable]

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films [Google + Printable]

Posts from this Series


Gay Miller


  1. Patty

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

  2. Terri Farmer

    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. Gay Miller

      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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