Sep 14

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Summarizing

Using Animated Shorts to Teach

Free Printables to Use with Animated Shorts (Summarizing)

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short “Peck Pocketed” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. You can also download a handout containing a graphic organizer to help students write a “Somebody Wanted But So” statement.

Animated Short

Peck Pocketed [2:19]

A bird sees a luxury home in a magazine. He dreams of having a home just like the one in the photo, so he begins to steal items from a lady who is napping on a park bench to decorate his home.


This post is a sample from 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.

Using  the summarizing printables, students will practice summarizing using different methods including:

  • Timeline
  • Somebody Wanted But So
  • Who What When Where Why and Result
  • Plot Development Roller Coaster Model

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]

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Gay Miller

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