If you are looking to add some high interest activities for teaching characters and settings, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills.
This post contains animated short film “Geri’s Game” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download this handout, leveled for upper elementary students here.
Great Animated Short for Characters and Setting
Geri’s Game [4:52]
Geri is an elderly man who plays a game of chess against himself. After each turn, he walks around the table to play the other side of the chessboard. Geri’s personality changes as he moves making this a great film for teaching character traits.
Film Information – Geri’s Game was released in 1997 by Pixar. The producers paired it with the movie A Bug’s Life. Geri’s Game won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1998.
This post is a sample of my new product Using Animated Short Films to Teach Reading Skills Part 2. 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. The full products, divided into two parts, contain over 50 student printables each for a total of 100+.
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.
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Part 1 – 52 Organizers
Part 2 – An Additional 52 Organizers
Blog Post Links to Samples from the Animated Shorts Series
- The Box
- Main Idea and Details
- Mood and Tone with Christmas Shorts
- Point of View and Perspective
- Characters and Setting
- Cause and Effect
- Compare and Contrast
- Problems and Solution
- Christmas Shorts