Soar

Age Range: 5 - 11

Genre(s): Adventure

A young girl helps a tiny boy to fly home before it's too late! Use this delightful animated film in your classroom with our collection of cross-curricular teaching ideas and activities!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • The title of this film is 'Soar'. Can you think of synonyms for this word? Would any of them make a better film title in your opinion?
  • Look at the first frame of the animation. Predict what you think may happen in the rest of the film.
  • Retell the story from the point of view of Mara (the girl) or Lucas (the pilot).
  • Pause the video at different points (e.g. 0:15, 0:28, 0:50, 1:15, 1:44, 2:29, 3:51, 4:35) and think of some speech / thought bubbles for the characters.
  • Pause the video when the small bag lands on the table. Write an alternative ending from this point. What is in the bag? Who does it belong to? 
  • Turn the story into a playscript, adding narration, stage directions and speech for the characters.
  • Look at different roles listed in the credits. How would each of these people have contributed to the movie?
  • Create a persuasive poster to advertise this movie.
  • Make a set of instructions to teach others how to make a paper aeroplane.
  • Create an explanation text that teaches others how a plane works.
  • Write a 'flashback' scene for this film that tells us more about Lucas and his life.

Science

  • Describe the forces that are involved in the flight of an object.
  • Lucas places a star in the sky at the end of the film. What are stars?
  • Find out more about different constellations that can be seen in the night sky.

Computing

  • Make a trailer / website / poster to promote the film.

Design Technology

  • Design and build (if possible) a new flying machine for Lucas. Look at the sketches in the credits for inspiration.
  • Create a paper aeroplane. Could you have a paper aeroplane competition with your friends?
  • Design and make a kite that can fly in the air.
  • Make a labelled diagram to explain how a plane works.
  • Look at the designs that Mara creates in the film. Discuss the materials / techniques that she is using to create her plane.

Art

  • Look at the storyboards and designs shown in the credits. Can you create your own storyboards / illustrations for a story that you have written (or one that you have enjoyed reading)?
  • Look at the images of Lucas (the pilot) in the credits that show him with different facial expressions. Can you create your own pictures of a character with different expressions / emotions.

Music

  • Listen to the soundtrack (without watching the video). What does it tell you about the film? How would you describe it? What instruments can you hear?
  • Could you compose a new soundtrack for the film?

History

  • Find out about the history of flight. Could you create a timeline showing the main events?

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karen

this was fantastic for almost all of my writing classes and your suggestions were well received by all my students. Thank you

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Marwa Moustafa

Amazing..I loved it

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Monica

I've always thought that video and images lessons are a great way to scaffold instruction, differentiate, and reach every student in our classrooms. Wonderful ideas. I just had a brainstorm for our ESOL summer program. Thanks.

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Anastasia

I very like it's so beautiful, amazing, incredible!!! I LOVE IT<3

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Dianne

Thinking of ways to use this.

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Anita

Whoa. I am amazed. I'd love to use it in my class. Age 5-11. I can even use it for teens in senior high school. (For foreign languange learners)

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Betsy

A great way to begin discussing growth mindset with my classes. Thank you!

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Catherine

Love this video and can't wait to use it in the new year with new class.

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Diane

What an amazing video! A lesson we all need to remember. I will share this will all the teachers I work with. Thank you.

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Mireille

it's a lovely and inspirational film .... thank you for sharing

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Lisa Edwards

Beautiful. Loved these creative ideas. I'll be using them next week for our first day back of term 3 (Fiji). Thanks!

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Laura

Using this short film to assess the twelve principles of animation. Love the film, love the ideas on how to use it as well.

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Bolatito

This is amazing

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Leticia

Beautiful

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Lisa Duvall

I thought this was an excellent animation and great way to teach soft intelligences like perseverance and determination.

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