If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach problems and solutions.
This post contains the animated short “Taking the Plunge” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. In this animated short, the main character has a problem he must solve. Handouts, leveled for upper elementary students, with graphic organizers encourage students to think about problems and solutions. You can download the handout here.
Taking the Plunge [6:43]
A man selects a romantic setting, on a dock over the ocean, to propose to his girlfriend. When he takes the ring out of his pocket, he is shaking so much he drops the ring, and it rolls into the deep ocean.
Film Information – This animated short was published in 2015 by students at the School of Visual Arts.
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.
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
Check out all six products in the series.
Units are also available as bundles.
Reading and Writing Series