Try our teaching ideas about this short film in which an office worker accidentally discovers a black hole.
How will you use this video with your children?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Stop the film at 0:08, with just the title and the setting showing. What do you think the film is going to be about?
- Stop the film at 0:13. How would you describe this man? Why do you say that?
- Compare this to other stories with magic portals, for example, the Narnia stories and Harry Potter. Do you know of any more?
- Write a crime report about the incident.
- Make a video interview with the man. Can he explain his actions?
- Write the story of how the black hole came to be in the photocopier in the first place. How did it get there?
- Generate a list of adjectives to describe the man’s appearance and his character.
- Write an acrostic poem about the story using the words “black hole”.
- Set some word problems based on the film. For example, if the safe contained £30,000 and the man took £6,000 out, how much is still in the safe? What if it was £300,000?
- If the safe has a three-digit code and only uses the numbers 7, 8 and 9, how many possible combinations are there? What if it is a four-digit code?
- Try these fantastic black hole activities from Science in School.
- Discuss ways in which we can use technology to make an image or a copy of something (on a photocopier, on our phones etc.) How do the children think that they work? Find out how a photocopier works (there is a good clear explanation here).
- Look at the colours used in the film. Why do you think they are all so dull? Draw or paint your own picture using only grey tones.
- Compose a soundtrack for the film using items you would find in an office. For example, how could you use a ruler to make sounds or a hole punch?
- Do you think he was right to take the chocolate? What about taking the money?
- If you had a black hole like this, how would you use it?