Rocketoons are designed to get kids talking about stressors that can interfere with their learning, their health, and their safety. Rocketoons help teachers and caregivers rescue childhood by building cartooniverses that allow kids to open up about what they need to be the healthy, happy people we so desperately need them to be.
This is Episode 4 of Rocketoons - Snail’s Pace. It’s an animated video designed to get kids thinking and talking about social media.
Each Rocketoons episode includes the cartoon and a Cartoonversation™ Card with the following:
As a former teacher and current educational consultant, Tim Wheeler has been involved in many classrooms, creating projects for students and getting a small taste of what teachers everywhere across the United States encounter every day: Students under stress, acting out, missing school, and hurting.
During the development of Rocketoons Episode Three, a colleague of Tim’s shared the landmark ACEs study conducted by Kaiser-Permanente. The study looked at Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACEs – and tracked their effects on health and wellbeing into adulthood. The results are startling, to say the least.
The dire health consequences of stress was news to Tim, but the study reinforced the key simple question that Tim has used to build Rocketoons: Who is talking to the kids, and, more importantly, who is listening to the kids? “If we can open the door with humor and compassion,” says Tim, “the kids will share everything so we can, in turn, do everything to help them.”
It had always been Tim’s dream to make cartoons, and his strong belief in the power of childhood helped him create a series that does more than entertain:
Now, 15 episodes later, we need to spread the word about Rocketoons.
Please use the links below to easily share Rocketoons on your social media channels or
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Available 24/7 online, for free, for anyone
EASY to FIND, EASY to USE
Visit rocketoons.com, enter your county and state, choose a cartoon, and click play
15 MEANINGFUL TOPICS
Start Cartoonversations™ with kids on everything from truancy, to bullying, to the death of a loved one
STARTER QUESTIONS and RESOURCE GUIDE
Use the Cartoonversation™ Card to initiate discussion and learn more about the topic - and about the kids
FLEXIBLE and EFFECTIVE
Use Rocketoons to deal with specific issues in groups, one-on-one, or to supplement other Social Emotional Learning lessons
COMMON CORE ALIGNED
Meet several state standards requirements using our provided guides for grades 1-12
"Rocketoons allows students and staff to discuss important growing up issues at a level that kids can understand. These learning “toons” will help lead to a safe and secure learning environment."
"Rocketoons provide a safe, kid-friendly approach to discussing important conversations about stressors (such as activity overload, and bullying) in our students' lives. Research has shown that using cartoons enhances children's participation and ability to process information. Rocketoons provide a brief, light-hearted approach, that is linked to the common core, and include follow-up discussion points that allow teachers to launch these important conversations."
"I have used Rocketoons in my classroom for two years now. I feel that the cartoons help bridge the gap between students and adults to talk about the tough topics such as moving to a new school and bullying. It's like an icebreaker that allows teachers to really discuss these topics and change negative thoughts and behaviors into positives!"