Story Elements with Pixar Shorts!

Teaching story elements can get old after a while, and can be hard to find creative ways to do it. I shared a little video on my Instagram yesterday of one of my favorite ways to do this--through Disney Pixar Shorts! :) 

We have been talking about story elements for the first few weeks of school, and I wanted to give my students a summative assessment on this. Before doing this, I wanted a quick and fun review.

I showed my students this Pixar short!
The first time through I pause the video every so often and we discuss the elements of a story we are seeing. The second time through we just watch it. After watching it a second time, the students complete the graphic organizer. I have students pair-share their answers or share out to the class.

They absolutely loved it and have literally begged me to do it again all day today! I will be throwing another one in for quick review in a few weeks and throughout the year. :)

I made this into a quick freebie you can pick up in my TPT store by clicking here or on the picture below. Let me know how it works for you! :)


  1. I love the Pixar shorts! Thanks for the great ideas and freebie!

  2. We've been doing plot all week in 5th grade, and we used a few Pixar shorts as well. I love your graphic organizer. Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Yay! Such a fun way of teaching plot. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I've used Pixar shorts in another school, thanks for reminding me about this great resource!

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