I work in teletherapy, which means that I use a computer to display my materials and activities for my students. I have a couple extremely quiet older elementary students and I decided that video was a way to engage and encourage them to answer questions and retell events. In particular I wanted them to think about solving hypothetical problems. I found 10 WORDLESS videos on YouTube that show interesting problems and make kids think about how to solve a problem — and they have to provide the language!
- Piper Short Movie — A baby bird finds a way to survive a big wave.
- Ormie the Pig — A pig attempts to get a jar of cookies off of the top of the fridge.
- Let Me In! — Simon’s cat wants to come inside and makes some bad decisions!
- Sweet Cocoon — Figuring out how to fit in your cocoon is hard work.
- Fat — What can a farmer do when all his animals blow up into balloons?
- Embarked — Should a tree house follow its friend? (minimal English words at the end)
- TV Dinner — What should you do if your cat won’t leave you alone? (Simon’s cat)
- Playmate — An old robot toy wants to play. Will the boy play with it?
- Birds on a Wire — Learn how you should treat others (that are different than you)
- Sticky Tape — What should the cat do when tape is sticking to him? (Simon’s cat)
Since it’s YouTube, so you must preview each video and usually there is an ad in front of it. I would get each video cued up (after the ad) and then share it with students. You will be surprised how much language you will get from your quietest kids as they figure out how to solve the characters’ problems. Enjoy!