The Toy Story movie series is one of my absolute favorites. The animation is top-notch. The characters are flawless and really come to life. The story lines have wonderful meanings, both spoken and hidden. The characters are not only lovable for little ones, but depth for older kids and parents to fall in love with them too!
While I truly love all the characters, I think my favorite is Buzz Lightyear. From the first time “Home Improvement” aired, I was a Tim Allen fan. His humor always appears natural and has such a classic, slap-stick vibe. He delivers his lines effortlessly, which makes his characters that much more believable.
My kids are split between Woody and Buzz. But really, they love each of the first three movies for their own reasons. In fact, they quote quite a few lines from each movie at random. They love to use them while playing with their own toys or throw them in conversations where they fit. And most of the time they make sense.
With the release of the fourth movie, I thought a movie study for the third movie was in order. Whether you’re going to see the new movie in the theater or wait for it to arrive on DVD, this study would be the perfect end to a marathon Toy Story movie day!
Do your kids ever watch a movie and have no recollection of what happened? That’s what I love about discussion questions. These discussion questions directly relate to the third movie and are a great way to help kids remember what happened in the movie.
Describe the Toys
Learning to write a descriptive essay can be tough, which is what I love about this page. Using this page to describe six different toys can be the beginning of a descriptive essay. By breaking it down into small, bite-sized pieces by dividing up the page by toy. Encourage them to use more descriptive words and less common words as well as synonyms.
Compare & Contrast
This is a fun activity page! I love seeing movies through a child’s eyes and this compare and contrast page is a fantastic starting point. This page encourages the student to compare and contrast Toy Story 3 and any of the other movies. This would be a great page to make a copy or laminate it and use it with all the other movies.
Once your child can identify the plot of the movie, then they can look for the different themes. A theme is the driving force behind the plot of the story. It’s what is revealed in the storyline as the movie progresses. In a folktale it might also be referred to as a moral of the story. Short stories often only have one theme, but longer novels and movies often have several. Use this page to work through four different themes seen in the movie.
After all their hard work and thinking, this Word Search will be a fun a page. Students will find 10 different character names from the movie hidden in this word search. Words can be diagonal, forwards, backwards, up and down – so look hard!
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This movie study for Toy Story 3 is a fun way to add some additional learning to your movie day! This printable pack includes 5 pages of activities such as discussion questions, a word search page, description page, a compare/contrast page and a theme page for the movie.
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