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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Paul-Emile

This is a super film to describe the characters with the class and to illustrate Soar and the little man!!

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Rakhi

Awesome

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Zelda

I love this! It will be a great ice breaker for first day high school

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Karen Meyvis

I love this movie!!!! I can use it in sooo many ways.

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Chris Kelly

This short movie is a very good reflective story for students who are learning how to use the STEM Engineering Process. I ask the question: "How does this short story illustrate many examples of how to apply the STEM Engineering Design Plan?" Students look at their graphic organizer notes and apply the process, analyze the actions by Mara and her little aviator, evaluate how various steps of the EDP were take and how they could have changed even more about the plane to make it fly. This is really a terrific and fun lesson!

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Najia Mahmood

I really loved the suggestions and ideas at the end. Usually the material to teach is there, but few people guide as how to teach.

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