Making Inferences with a Movie Short

Using movie shorts in the classroom can be very engaging. Guide your students to make inferences using a Pixar short. The post includes two free graphic organizers to help your students! Perfect to use for any book or video.
Using movies, short films or animations in the classroom is extremely engaging for students. I use short films from Pixar Studios to teach a variety of skills and strategies throughout the year. One of my favorites is "One Man Band" from Pixar. I use it to teach inferencing but you could use it to teach a variety of skills including character comparisons, setting and even plot structure.

Using movie shorts in the classroom can be very engaging. Guide your students to make inferences using a Pixar short. The post includes two free graphic organizers to help your students! Perfect to use for any book or video.
You might want to watch the video before you check out the rest of the post. This video can be used for so many different skills! So worth your time!

{Head over to Youtube and Search "One Man Band" to check out a video!}

Students love the video and it is relatively easy for them to form some inferences throughout. While they are watching, I stop the video three different times to allow them to form inferences and state the evidence that supports that inference. Click here to get the free graphic organizer.
Using movie shorts in the classroom can be very engaging. Guide your students to make inferences using a Pixar short. The post includes two free graphic organizers to help your students! Perfect to use for any book or video.
I recommend giving them the recording sheet and allowing them time to look over the questions before you have them watch the video. This will allow time for students to write their answers and back up with evidence. If it works best for your class, show the video two times. The first time you watch, have students record their inferences. On the second watch, have students record their evidence.

The options are truly endless with this short. Do a quick search on YouTube for other movie shorts to see how you can use them in your classroom to support your instruction. Students love them and they definitely are engaged!
Using movie shorts in the classroom can be very engaging. Guide your students to make inferences using a Pixar short. The post includes two free graphic organizers to help your students! Perfect to use for any book or video.
The free download also includes a generic graphic organizer for making inferences. Check it out by clicking here. Do you you use any movie shorts in your classroom? I am always looking for new ones to use with my students.


7 comments

  1. I absolutely loved this and thanks for the freebie! I can't wait to use this with my class!

    Karmen

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  2. Thanks for linking up this week! Using video clips to teach different skills can be very motivating for students.

    Cheryl
    Techie Turtle Teacher

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  3. Hi Cassie!

    Excellent post. I only teach first grade BUT I could do something like this on their level. Love the inspiration. Two of my kiddos who are miles ahead could actually do this. I may give it a try. Thanks!
    Firstgradebloomabilities

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  4. LOVE this!!! What a great way to work on making inferences :)
    Julie
    My Techie Teacher Blog

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  5. What times do you usually stop the video?

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    1. Janine,
      I can't give you exact times because there are a variety of this same short film listed on Youtube. At one point, my post was linked directly to a video but the owner recently took that link down. Because each film is a different length- the times would all be different. I would watch the video and make a note on the inferencing sheet what times to stop at so you can reference them during your lesson. Hope this helps!

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  6. What an awesome idea! Such a practical way to make making inferences more concrete in a format other than reading!

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