If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons this Christmas season, try using animated shorts to teach reading and writing skills.
This post contains a sample of my new product “Using Animated Short Films to Teach Reading Skills Christmas.” The product contains printable 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.
This post contains two free samples. The first animated short “Santa’s Intern” tells the story of an intern learning how to be Santa. In a number of humorous mishaps, his night goes from bad to worse. Students will chuckle watching the intern try to deliver his gifts.
The second film “The Letter” tells the story of a postmaster who finds a letter that has been missing for years. This heartwarming tale shows the true spirit of Christmas.
In these exercises, students will practice with cause and effect and inference skills. The handout may be found here. Look for the embedded videos below.
Santa’s Intern (Length 2:25)
On his first day at work delivering gifts on Christmas Eve, Santa’s Intern Timmy runs into many problems.
A postmaster finds a long lost letter and decides to made a child’s-now grown up to be adult, wish come true.
Additional Christmas Animated Shorts
XMars (Length 1:00)
Manor Christmas Special (Length 2:27)
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