Thursday, April 22, 2010

Great Books Unit: Peter Pan & Paper Planes

Lesson of the Day: Introduction to the Great Books unit & Peter Pan
Video of the Day: pieces from the 1953 and 2003 Peter Pan films.

Lesson highlights:
Day 1:
-Ss explain as much of the story as they can remember
-Read excerpt of ch. 3 of Barrie's "Peter Pan and Wendy" and answer simple comprehension questions
-Watch corresponding scene in 2003 film (it's the one where Wendy sews Peter's shadow back on), and compare the print and film in small group discussions
-Watch film clips highlighting the most important plot developments, paying special attention to mentions and symbols of time and growing up

Day 2:
-Complete a listening comprehension worksheet, filling in missing phrases while watching the film
-Finish watching clips central to the plot
-Indulge in alliteration and childish whimsy with Peter Pan Paper Planes!

This lesson was pretty good, but what made it such a success was the paper planes activity. After two days of talking about the exuberant joys of childhood and the perhaps comparatively muted joys of adulthood, my kids (and, let's be honest, me too!) were thrilled to run around outside with paper airplanes. Fairy dust may have been in short supply, but happy thoughts abounded.

So a big thanks to JJ for coming up with the idea -- the guy's got a gift for genius outside-the-box activities.

Next week my kids are studying for and then taking midterms. But next stop on the Great Books train, in two weeks -- Sherlock Holmes and a murder mystery!

Class 1-2, and Peter Pans' Paper Planes: