From the Big Screen to the Classroom – K-2


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Movie makers have discovered that a popular children’s book can be excellent source material for a blockbuster motion picture. (Thank you, J.K. Rowling!) Take advantage of this trend by using recently released movies as a “hook” to spark students’ interest in content connections. From decision-making by the frantic citizens in Chewandswallow’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to the allocation of limited resources in the twelve districts inhabiting The Hunger Games, students will learn lessons in civics, economics, geography, history, and world cultures.

Each book contains nine popular book/movie titles and features interactive lessons and activities that will challenge and engage students in content area investigation, skill application, and creative problem solving.

Movies/Books in K-2:

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • The BFG
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Lorax
  • The Tale of Despereaux
  • Where the Wild Things Are

Sample Pages
title page and table of contents.pdf
standards – big screen k-2.pdf
tale of despereaux sample lesson.pdf


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