While looking for a missing limb on a junkyard, Jack discovers what he really misses is a friend.
Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Look at the first few seconds of the animation. Where is it set? What things can you see? What words / phrases could you use to describe the location? Can you think of any similes / metaphors to describe it?
- Look at the character Jack. What words / phrases would you use to describe him?
- Pause the video at different points (e.g. 0:14, 1:00, 1:31 and 2:26) and think of speech / thought bubbles for Jack.
- Retell the story from Jack’s point of view.
- Write some narration for the story.
- Write a prequel to this story that explains where Jack comes from.
- Write a sequel describing an adventure that Jack and his new friend have.
- Pause the film at different points and identify / describe the different materials that you can see. What are the materials being used for?
- Jack is made from a variety of objects. Can you create your own character using images of different objects / materials? Could you animate your character?
- Using screenshots from the film, could you retell the story in the form of an eBook / multimedia presentation?
- Can you spot examples of different types of technology in the video (e.g. cassette tapes, floppy disks, USB cables)? Can you describe what they do? Create a timeline to show when each type of technology was invented.
- Create a social media profile for Jack. What are his interests / likes / hobbies?
- Make your own model of Jack.
- Jack is looking for a friend. Can you make one for him?
- Look at the title frame of the animation. Can you use different materials / objects to create an image that spells out your own name?
- We can tell how Jack is feeling at different points by looking at his body language. Can you create your own pictures of a person, using their body language to portray their emotions?
- Create a storyboard that shows the main events in the story.
- Listen to the soundtrack of the animation. What instruments can you hear? How would you describe the music?
- Can you compose your own soundtrack for this film?
- Look at Jack’s body language throughout the animation. How is he feeling at different points? How do you know?