While on Pinterest this summer I saw a pin from Shannon Wiebe for a silent short.
We have 3 big "rules" in our school and I use these with my students.
Je me respecte - I respect myself.
Je te respecte -I respect others.
Je respecte l'environnement - I respect the environment.
I used this video to spark a discussion on "Je te respecte"
We also had a lot of fun watching "Le Lutin" and talking about how we can respect our environment.
After watching the students talked about what they saw with a partner. Then we discussed some of the big ideas as a class. Student provided their answers in English and I repeated them in French.
After we worked together to color some class posters for each rule.
You can access the posters in French here: French Posters
An English version of these posters is available here: English Posters
There are many possibilities here for French Immersion classrooms and for English classrooms as well. There are many ways we can use these videos with our students.
Sylvia Duckworth has a Youtube channel full of animated shorts.
Check it out here:
So what did I learn? I can communicate big ideas with my students without saying a word.
Do you use shorts in your classroom? Any favorites? How do you use them? Do you have a good video suggestion for "I respect myself?" How do you communicate big ideas with your students?
A side note: sometimes I only want parts of a video. (I skipped a large part of the "fighting" between the lutin and the woman in the video above) I like to use http://www.tubechop.com/ because I don't have to download the video and can easily access it from anywhere.