Wordless videos are a fun and entertaining way to get your students learning and talking. Using wordless videos to teach problem-solving is a great way to keep your students stay engaged all while working on their goals.
Who Could Benefit From Wordless Videos?
Students who struggle to solve social problems can benefit from first practicing problem-solving someone else’s problems in a wordless animation, for example, prior to having to solve the social problems in their own lives. It’s easier to identify problems in someone else’s life than it is your own life.
Ways in Which to Use Voiceless Videos
- Answering wh-questions: Have your students watch the animated short film and then ask them wh-questions.
- Retell a story/sequencing: After watching the films have your students retell or sequence the short film.
- Solving hypothetical problems: Use the following wordless videos to teach problem-solving. Stop the video throughout and have your students identify the problem and a possible solution to the problem. Then you can move on to practice solving problems in real life.
- Predictions/inferences: Stop the video throughout and have your students make predictions and inferences about what might happen next in the film.
- Listening: Have your students practice active listening with their whole bodies while watching the film.
Don’t Forget to Grab your Freebie!
Be sure to grab the freebie that goes along with this bundle of wordless videos. The freebie comes with:
- A set of wh-questions
- Story retell with predictions
There are 31 sets of the following worksheets.
Before you begin…
- I have watched all of these short animations to make sure they are appropriate. However, please preview the entire video prior to showing your students as you know best what is appropriate for your level of comfort and for your individual students.
- Almost all of these videos show ads prior to the start of the animation short. I suggest cueing up the video prior to showing the video to your students as some ads may not be appropriate.
31 Wordless Videos to Teach Problem Solving
1. The Small Shoemaker: 5:32 minutes
This short is about Mr. Botte’s shoemaker’s shop, and the passionate and skillful shoemaker’s daily life is about to be disturbed as another shoemaker creates a street vendor stall just in front of Mr. Botte’s store!
2. The Sweet Cocoon: 5:57 minutes
End video by 4:55. Please preview the end of this video prior to showing it to your students. I have decided to end this video by 4:55 minutes to avoid the sad ending for some of my students.
This animation is about two insects that decide to help a struggling caterpillar in her metamorphosis process!
3. The Wishgranter: 4:48 minutes
This short film is about a world where wishes are granted by mythical beings that live under fountains. The wish granter is forced to go above ground in order to grant a wish of love.
4. Dustin: 7:45 minutes
This super cute animation is about a pug learning to have a new roommate of an automatic cleaning robot.
5. Rollin’ Safari: 2:01 minutes
Enjoy this fun short film about what the world would be like if animals were round.
6. Piper: 3:20 minutes
Watch a hungry sandpiper hatchling as she ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. However, the only problem is that the food is buried under the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
7. Hola Llamingo: 3:52 minutes
Enjoy this film about the beautiful, fleeting friendship between a boy and his pinata which comes to life.
8. Soar: 6:14 minutes
This short film called Soar is about a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it’s too late.
9. Brush A Fox Tale: 3:37 minutes
A young fox who enjoys painting has a crush on his neighbor. When he tries to hide it his other paintings come to life to try to convince him otherwise.
10. Fishing with Sam: 5:53 minutes
A pesky little penguin keeps stealing all the fish from a bear, a seal, and two other penguins, but they disguise a plan to take care of that pesky little penguin.
11. The Box: 7:01 minutes
This animation is about an old man who finds a mouse in his house. He ends up taming the mouse he first wanted to get rid of.
12. Coin Operated: 5:14 minutes
Watch this short film about the life of a young man that spans over 70 years in the life of one naive explorer.
13. Partly Cloudy: 5:49 minutes
Enjoy this super cute film. Everyone knows that it is a stork that delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? The answer comes from the clouds, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life.
14. Lifted: 5:03 minutes
A cute animation about a young alien who is in training to capture a human but gets overwhelmed with all the switches.
15. Ormie The Pig: 3:52 minutes
This fun short is about a pig named Ormie. Ormie wants a cookie. But they are out of reach…or are they? See Ormie’s attempts to gain the warm sweet taste that is his obsession.
16. Embarked: 4:24 minutes
Watch this super cute short about a treehouse who follows his family even after the young boy moves away.
17. SpellBound: 3:06 minutes
A young girl who is jealous of her sister must save her after writing negative thoughts that unexpectedly transform into monsters.
18. The Birds: 3:12 minutes
An animated short about a group of small birds that make fun of a larger funny looking bird, but when they try and get rid of the larger funny looking bird their plan backfires and the large bird is soon laughing at his bullies.
19. A Fox and A Mouse: 6:23 minutes
Enjoy this sweet animation as a lonely fox hunts a mouse – and their relationship evolves as two owls begin to get in the middle of the foxes hunt!
20. Pigeon Impossible: 6:15 minutes
A newbie secret agent is faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase.
21. The Children’s Tree: 1:58 minutes
This short film is about an imaginative little girl, a good-hearted old tree and a helpful butterfly.
22. Hey Deer: 6:15 minutes
This fun short film is about an adorable, cocoa-drinking deer who is eager to tidy and shovel show in front of his house every day. However, there is a suspicious earthquake every night which causes the mess day by day. Between two cups of cocoa, the amazing truth reveals itself which changes the deer’s life forever…
23. Catch It: 5:25 minutes
A group of meerkats take care of their beloved and unique fruit but a twist happens when a vulture comes and disturbs their peace of mind.
24. Mouse for Sale: 4:16 minutes
This short is about a lonely mouse in a petshop, craving to be bought by someone. But he’s got one big problem: his huge ears. The kids entering the store keep laughing at him. Will Snickers find the buddy he so desires, someone who will take him for who he is?
25. One Man Band: 4:02 minutes
Watch this super cute short about a young peasant girl with one coin left when she encounters two competing street performers who’d prefer the coin find its way into their tip jars. The little girl is caught in the middle as a musical duel ensues between the one-man-bands.
26. Dust Buddies: 4:05 minutes
A story about the friendship between two dust bunnies who live peacefully under a couch. When an evil maid comes to clean the house and sucks Fuzz into her vacuum, Lint must overcome his fears and set out to rescue his friend.
27. The Stubborn Donkey: 4:25 minutes
The short film is all about a stubborn donkey who is difficult to move but a bit of greek music just could do the trick.
28. The Egyptian Pyramids: 3:36 minutes
This cute animation is about an archaeologist who is about to discover the secret of the Egyptian Pyramids.
29. Minuscule: 5:09 minutes
The short film revolves around the day-to-day existence of slugs and how a caterpillar tries to blend into the family.
30. Jinky Jenkins and Lucky Lou: 3:52 minutes
When the misfortunate Jenkins and the Lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart.
31. Can I Stay: 3:48 minutes
This sweet short animation is about an apprehensive homeless girl who must traverse a dangerous, wintry city in order to escape her adorable pursuers.
Use this Flip Book Graphic Visual to help your students solve their conflicts with others and to make things right.
- 1. Identify the Problem: Fill out the scenario by writing down what happened and drawing what happened.
- 2. Have your Student Identify their Feelings: Draw their emotions and write down their thoughts in the thought bubble.
- 3. Have the other Student Involved Identify their Feelings: Draw the other person’s emotions and write down the other person’s thoughts in the thought bubble.
- 4. Make Things Right: Identify how to make things better.
- 5. My Notes: Fill in any additional information you might find helpful to know or remember.
Get your students talking and problem-solving using these super cute wordless animation videos to teach them problem-solving skills. Also, you can use these short videos to teach story retell, sequencing, answering wh-questions, or inferences/predictions. Are your students ready to start solving real-life problems? Be sure to grab the 71+ problem-solving scenarios freebie to get additional problem-solving practice!