Thursday, May 23, 2024
A Fox and a Mouse

A Fox And A Mouse

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 7-11
Contributor:
Sam Collins

Use our teaching ideas with this short video about what happens when a lonely fox hunts a little mouse.

Which of the ideas below will you try with your children?

Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • The story can be seen as a fable. Compare it to other fables you know.
  • Collect adjectives to describe the icy setting.
  • Compare this to other films and stories set in very cold places, for example, Frozen, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Snowy Day.
  • Stop the film (for example, at 1:02, 4:00, and 5:09) and discuss what the characters might be thinking.
  • Write a dialogue between the fox and the mouse.
  • Make character profiles of the characters.
  • How does the relationship between the fox and the mouse change over the course of the film?
  • Write about the animals’ next adventure.
  • Write a narration for the story in the style of a wildlife documentary!
  • Make a storyboard of the film.
  • Watch the trailer for the film and plan your own trailer.

Science

  • Write an explanation about why there is ice on top of the lake and liquid water below.
  • Find out how animals are adapted to live in cold climates.
  • Investigate why ice is so slippery.
  • Make a food chain or web including the animals in the film. What else would you need to add?

Computing

  • Design a website to promote the film.
  • Watch the sequence from 1:06 – 1:08. Can you make a simple animation of a mouse jumping?

Art

  • Make your own snowy landscape picture.
  • Look at photographs of foxes, mice and owls and draw your own versions.

Music

  • Try watching the film again without the music. What do you notice?
  • Write your own soundtrack for the film.

Geography

  • Write a report about the parts of the world with the coldest climates.

Physical education

  • Make up a dance using the movements of the fox, mouse and owls.

PSHE

  • Why do you think the mouse went back to help the fox?
  • Sometimes we don’t like people at first but they turn out to be good friends. Has this ever happened to you?

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