Who doesn’t love a good animated short film? They’re creative, thoughtful and – like a last-minute snow day in February – they can serve as a nice brain break. They’re also perfect for the ELA classroom. For starters, students are already comfortable with the medium of film. Most teens spend at least some of their free time (binge) watching Netflix or playing narrative-based online games. Because of this familiarity, students are more likely to feel a sense of security from film that they may not get from non-visual texts like novels or poetry. And, feeling at ease is the first step to engagement. We’ve put together a list of our favourite short animations for you to use in your ELA classroom. While the list was created with a secondary audience in mind, many of the films are appropriate for students in elementary. With each film, we’ve included a short synopsis as well as three possible discussion questions for students. See LIST compiled by P. Bussey.