A heartwarming animation about a tree house and the kids who love it.
Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- The tree house in the film is a good example of anthropomorphism. Discuss the ways in which the film gives the tree house human characteristics. Collect vocabulary to describe it.
- The title of the film is a play on words. Why do you think it was chosen? Can you think of an alternative title for the film?
- Make a comparison chart comparing the two settings.
- Write some reasons why the family has to move.
- The photos at the beginning of the film tell the story of how Jimmy built the tree house. Write a description of how he built it.
- Stop the film at various points (for example, 0:33, 2:40, 3:28). How is Jimmy feeling? Use a line graph to show how emotions change throughout the film.
- Why does Jimmy leave the hat behind? Why does the house follow him with the hat? Discuss as a class and write some responses.
- Write a news report about the house walking down the street.
- Write a set of instructions showing how to build a tree house.
- Look at the language used in estate agent’s adverts and write an advert for the house and tree house.
- Write the story from the point of view of the girl.
- Watch Home Sweet Home and look for similarities and differences.
- Why is wood good for building? What are the drawbacks? Make a list of the advantages and disadvantages and compare it to other building materials such as brick.
- Use Pivot animator or a similar program to make a simple animation of a moving house.
- Design a webpage for the film.
- Design a tree house. Look at these for inspiration!
- Look at the artist’s ideas for the film. Create your own character in the same way. Build up an idea from a sketch to a finished painting and display it side by side.
- Create a storyboard for the film.
- Explore wooden instruments. Compare the sounds of different ones. e.g. xylophone, claves etc. Play a listening game. The children look away, an instrument is played. Which one is it?
- Compose something only using wooden instruments. How does it sound? If you could add one non-wooden sound to the piece, what would you choose?
- Investigate the differences between rural and urban areas. Collect vocabulary and write some definitions.
- What makes a place special? Which places are special to you?
- Have you ever moved house? How did it make you feel?