Using The Catch to Teach Reading Skills

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film The Catch is a fable-like story in which a young fisherman who has no luck until an act of kindness changes his fate. 

The Catch Story

A young boy is sent out to get food for his village. He fishes for a while only catching one very small fish. The boy hears the cry of a fox. When he goes to investigate, the boy sees that the fox has tangled its hind leg in a vine. The fox immediately grabs the small fish the boy has caught and takes off running.

The boy follows the fox. First he must crawl under thorny vines. Then the fox climbs in a hollowed out log causing the boy some trouble. Next the fox leads the boy up a steep rock cliff. Once the boy reaches the top of the cliff, he sees a large lake full of big fish.

Although the fox first appears as if he is  stealing the one small fish from the boy, he is really only trying to help the boy by leading him to a good fishing location. The boy catches a large fish which he takes back to his village and a smaller fish which he gives to the fox. At the end of the film the fox disintegrates giving the viewer the feeling that he was a magical spirit sent to help the boy find food for the villagers.

This story is very similar to the Lion and the Mouse fable in the moral it teaches. The boy untangles the fox and in return the fox helps the boy by leading him to a location where many large fish can be caught. 

Two Activities 

The boy cuts the vine freeing the fox.

Free Printables to Use when Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with the Animated Short Broken: Rock, Scissors, Paper

Click here to get the printable version that includes two printable activity pages, links to the animated short The Catch. Click here to go to Google Drive.

 

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Check back to get additional animated short film activities. I plan to add them regularly. Can’t wait. You can purchase more at my Teachers Pay Teachers store here.

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3 comments

    • Huey on February 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Keep on writing, great job!

    • Liz on November 3, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Hi, I read that you are a special education teacher. I’m wondering if you have any resources (activities, worksheets and printables based on book units) that are suitable to teach kids with autism in middle school?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Liz,

      Here is a good place to look: http://www.bookunitsteacher.com/bookunits.htm at samples for many of my units. For middle school, I really like Freak the Mighty, Hatchet, and Holes.

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