Wednesday, May 29, 2024

# 23 Degrees 5 Minutes

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Ages: 9-11
Contributor:
Sam Collins

An old explorer close to freezing in the Arctic re-lives the events that have brought him there.

Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

## Teaching Ideas and Resources:

### English

• Watch the sequence from 1:40 to 2:25 where Professor Orit explains metaphor. Make a collection of metaphors like “raining cats and dogs”
• Write your own dialogue between Babbage (the Explorer) and Professor Orit and act it out with a partner.
• Compare Professor Orit to other professors in books, for example, Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter,  Professor Branestawm, and Professor DuPont in Cockatoos by Quentin Blake.
• Compare the two settings of the story; the university and the arctic.
• Stop the film at 5:15. What effect does the rain have on the story?
• Write the story of what happened to the professor after he went missing.
• Write a newspaper report about Babbage’s rescue.
• Write a story that uses flashbacks.
• Make a storyboard for the film.
• Watch the trailer for the film and then plan your own – what would you put in it?

### Maths

• Practice using a protractor to measure real-life angles. What is the closest you can find to 23 degrees, 5 minutes?
• 2, 3 and 5 are all prime numbers. What are the next 10 prime numbers?
• Go searching for Fibonacci numbers using these ideas from Mensa.

### Science

• Write an explanation of how the tilt of the Earth causes the seasons.
• Make a fact file about an Arctic habitat – what would you need to survive? How are animals adapted to the conditions?
• What materials could you use to provide good insulation in extreme cold?

### Design Technology

• Design clothes for an arctic explorer to wear.

### Art

• The blog of the film shows the visual references used in the film (photographs and pictures from the time when the film is set). Choose a time in history and research visual references you can use to make your own image of the time.
• The blog has a fascinating section on how the characters developed. Try out some different sketches for a character of your own.
• This blog entry shows how different colours and lighting were used in the film. Sketch a scene in pencil, photocopy it and try colouring it in different ways – what is the effect?

### Geography

• Plan a route from Dublin to the Arctic. How could you get there?

### History

• Research arctic exploration and create a timeline.
• Set at the turn of the 20th century in Dublin. What was it like in your area then?
• Stop at the film at 1:26; what kind of transport can you see? How is it different from today?

### PSHE

• Babbage describes Orit as “Like a father to me”. What do you think he means?
• Was Babbage right to go after Orit?