If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your mood and tone lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills.
This post contains the animated short “The Girl and the Cloud” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. In this exercise, students will compare and contrast the film version of the story to the online storybook. “The Girl and the Cloud” interactive storybook may be found here. The handout may be found here.
Mood and Tone Animated Shorts
The Girl and the Cloud [2:53]
A narrated story about Anna and her best friend, a snow cloud.
Additional Christmas Animated Shorts
LEGO Holiday Story [1:06]
A LEGO family decorates for the holiday.
Gordon Goose: Christmas Tree! [1:28]
Gordon uses technology to light up the city.
Santa’s Cookies [2:23]
Turtle tries to keep Hippo from eating Santa’s cookies.
Magic Star [5:33]
Santa brings Little Bear a special Christmas gift.
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. 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