Thursday, May 23, 2024
Catch a Lot

Catch a Lot

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

In the nineteenth century, a fisherman teaches his son the family tradition of sperm whale hunting. Unfortunately, natural abilities sometimes skip a generation.

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

Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • At the start of the film, have a discussion about who these characters are. Where did they come from? Where are they going?
  • Retell the story from the point of view of the seagull.
  • Pause the video at various points and think of speech / thought bubbles for the characters.
  • Make some character profiles about the fisherman and his son.
  • Make a list of words to describe the creature that they meet.
  • Discuss what might happen next in the story.

Maths

  • Estimate the size of the whale. What units would you need to use to measure it?

Science

  • Estimate the size of the whale. What units would you need to use to measure it?

Design Technology

  • Estimate the size of the whale. What units would you need to use to measure it?

Art

  • Use the sketches in the credits as inspiration for your own artwork based on the animation. Could you try to recreate different scenes?

Geography

  • Make a map to show the journey that the characters take on their fishing trip.
  • Find out the locations of different fishing areas near where you live.
  • Find out about the environmental impact of fishing and what people can do to help maintain fish stocks.

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