"Clickable Animated Stories" are stories that I have written and animated in PowerPoint.
The advantage of these stories over books is mainly two-fold: 1) the stories are animated and 2) the words from the story that are on the worksheet are cued up when encountered. This helps students of lower English ability to follow along with the story, since they can learn the vocabulary being used as it becomes relevant. It also helps the teacher make sure students are paying attention and following along. The worksheets can also be used as measures of accountability to show what the students have done in class.
The advantage of these stories over videos is that the progression of the story is controlled. This allows the teacher to change the pace for different classes. The teacher can ask questions, elicit information, provide details, or anything else before moving to the next "page" of the story.
The Greatest Treasure is something like a cross between a Greek fable and a fairy tale. The gods announce a competition in which three tasks must be completed (getting a key from the highest tree on the tallest mountain, moving two giant stones from the mouth of a cave, and swimming through an underground river). The animals become very excited and begin trying to reach the treasure. The second part of the story involves the animals realizing no one can complete all of the tasks. While most of the animals are arguing, an owl, elephant, and frog work together and return with the treasure. After they open the treasure chest, the three friends see themselves looking back. There is only a mirror in the chest.
The moral is that the greatest treasure in the world is cooperation (or, perhaps, having friends, family, classmates, etc. to cooperate with), because only through cooperation can we have and do great things.
This product includes the PowerPoint presentations (animations and text, as well as worksheet introductions and answer keys for review); worksheets in DOC format (you can edit them as desired) and PDF format (to prevent shifting when opening on different computers); and a TXT file containing the text, ideas to incorporate into the story telling, and sample questions and answers to check student comprehension.
The material included in the sample is limited because of file size restrictions. Also because of file size, the detail level of pictures had to be reduced. The sample includes the single-sided worksheet (not the double-sided option) and about half of the first part of the story (without the discussion question or answer key for review).
Keywords: Cooperation, working together, gods, animals
Store: Daniel Jenne