In this beautiful video, a fox searches for an elusive whale.
Watch this video with your children and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Show the children the first section of the film (up to 0:26) and ask them to predict what they think the film will be about.
- Create a storyboard for the film.
- Write the prequel; what happened before this film to make the fox want to find the whale?
- Write the story from the point of view of the fox or another animal in the film.
- What will the fox do next?
- Which is your favorite setting? What vocab could you use to describe it?
- Suggest alternative titles for the film.
- Plan (and make) a trailer for the film. Which scenes would you include to make people want to watch it?
- Create a story map of the places visited by the fox.
- Write a character description for the fox. How would you describe its appearance? What about its character?
- Create some characters using only regular polygons, like the triangle used for the fox’s face.
- Research fish and birds that migrate. How far can they go?
- Watch this interesting video about deer antlers. Write a report on why deer have antlers.
- Watch this interesting video to find out about whale songs.
- Find out more about fish skeletons.
- Choose one of the animals in the film and create a fact file about them, including information about their habitat, diet, life cycle etc.
- Create a food chain that includes a fox.
- Create a short animation showing an animal moving across a scene.
- The filmmaker visited a museum and used a blue whale skeleton there for reference. Try sketching skeletons, either from real life or from photographs.
- On the blog there are a lot of stills from the film. Try stopping the film at a point you like and recreating the picture using paints or pastels.
- Create a soundtrack for a section of the film. Which instruments or sound effects could you use?
- Listen to the piano section from 10:13 to 10:31. How does this melody make you feel? Try composing your own simple melody on a keyboard or glockenspiel.
- Visit this website to learn more about coastal erosion, including the formation of stacks. Do you think the stack in the film is possible?
- Research the forest biome and create a leaflet explaining its features.
- Stepping stones are used to cross water. What other ways do animals and humans cross water?
- Create a dance based on this story. How can you show the journey? What music would you use to dance to?
- Find out the words for the animals in the film in the language you are studying, or in a few different languages. For example, in French a fox is “un renard”, while in Spanish is is “el zorro”.