Dustin

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: Sam Collins

In this comedy, Dustin the pampered pug is very annoyed when an automatic cleaning robot moves in. 

Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • Stop the video at 0:45. What have you learnt about Dustin from this first part of the film? What do you think will happen next?
  • Stop the film at 0:59 - What do you think is in the box? Start and stop immediatly at 1:00. What does Dustin think might be in the box?
  • Make a chart showing the similarities and difference between the two Dustins (the dog and the cleaner).
  • Stop the film at 1:50  when the cleaning robot sucks up the treat. Make a list of the language you could use to describe how Dustin is feeling. 
  • Write a narration for the section between 3:04 and 3:31.
  • Make a storyboard or comic of the story.
  • Use the Class Tools SMS generator to write a text conversation between the owner and their friend, or perhaps the pug and the cleaning robot. 
  • Write a diary entry for what the pug’s life was like before the robot came. 
  • Write the next chapter; what will the pug and the robot get up to next?
  • Write an advertisement for the robot cleaner. How would you persuade people to buy it?

Science

  • Make a fact file or information poster, showing how to look after a pet properly.
  • Watch this video and write your own explanation about how thunder and lightning are formed.

Computing

  • Use Signbot to create a scrolling sign which you can save as a gif and use in a presentation or drawing. 
  • Design a route and program a programmable robot, such as a roamer or beebot, to follow it.  
  • Visit Turtle Academy and learn how to program an onscreen turtle in Logo.
  • Convert a clip of video into slow motion using Clideo. What effect does it have? Try different speeds, which one is the most effective?

Design Technology

Art

Music

  • Learn the song! Why do you think the film makers they choose this song?

  • Compose a simple tune for Dustin the pug, and another for the robot cleaner. Use them to make a new soundtrack for the film.

History

PSHE

  • Dustin the pug and Dustin the cleaner become friends in the film, even though at the beginning this looks very unlikely. When does the relationship change? Can a robot really be a friend?
  • Think of other pairs of unlikely friends in books and films. Why do they become and stay friends?

 

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