Toy Story Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

This lesson plan will aid your students in learning about the movie Toy Story. They will also participate in four fun activities that will increase their comprehension of the relationships between the characters.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Describe how the theme of being true friends runs throughout the movie
  • Explain the plot of the movie, including the opening scene and the conclusion
  • Name many of the characters from the movie Toy Story


3 hours broken up into three consecutive class days


  • Colored markers
  • Copy of the DVD of the movie Toy Story (81 minutes in length)
  • DVD player
  • Internet access
  • Poster board, one large sheet per student
  • Television

Key Vocabulary

  • Andy Davis
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Mrs. Davis
  • Pixar
  • Sheriff Woody Pride
  • Walt Disney

Curriculum Standards


Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.


Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they 'see' and 'hear' when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.

Day One

  • Have your students watch the majority of the movie Toy Story.

Day Two

  • Have your students watch the remainder of the movie Toy Story.


  • Do you remember the opening scene of the movie? What happened?
  • Does Andy have a good imagination?
  • Do you like the song? Who wrote and sang it?
  • Does this opening do a good job of setting up the rest of the movie?
  • What are some of the underlying themes of the movie? (answers include friendship, not giving up, take care of your family, take care of your toys and make them last, respect for others)
  • Do you remember how the movie ended? What happened?
  • Was it obvious at the time there would be sequels?
  • Do you approve of this ending? What could have made it even better?
  • Now move on to the activities.

Question & Answer

  • Let your students know they are going to be playing a '10 Questions' type of game.
    • 1) Who is the first toy pulled out of the crane game by Sid? (Buzz)
    • 2) Who gets flattened by a toolbox? (Woody)
    • 3) Who is thankful the new toy is not a dinosaur? (Rex)
    • 4) Who loses his face at one point? (Mr. Potato Head)
    • 5) Who almost saves the day until RC's batteries die? (Slinky Dog)
    • 6) What is the name of Sid's dog? (Scud)
    • 7) What does Sid do when the toys scare him? (runs into the house screaming)
    • 8) What is the name of the restaurant? (Pizza Planet)
    • 9) What is the name of the doll? (Bo Peep)
    • 10) What is the name of the pig? (Hamm)

Friendship Theme

  • Let your students know they are going to be drawing a picture related to the movie Toy Story.
  • Pass out colored markers and one large sheet of poster board per student.
    • You can turn your poster board to either a vertical or horizontal position.
    • The only absolute rule for your drawing is it must somehow show the importance of friendship that was displayed in the movie.
    • You can draw one character from Toy Story or as many characters as you like. You can also draw one large picture, or divide your poster board up into two or more sections.
    • If need be, you can utilize the Internet to find pictures from the Toy Story movie.
  • Lastly, have the students share their pictures with the class.
    • How does your picture display the theme of friendship?

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