Teacher Guides for every IMAX film are now available

Taking your kids to see a movie, or as us teachers like to refer to it as a 'Visual Text' is a great opportunity to learn about story telling in a far more contemporary manner than simply reading from a book.

Doing this in an IMAX theatre is an experience that cannot replicated anywhere else.  If you are fortunate enough to have access to an IMAX theatre I would strongly recommend considering taking your students to a film there as they have a huge range of educational content but the experience is amazing, especially for first timers.

So going to the movies is fun and all but if you want to continue the learning beyond the cinema you might want to take a look at these huge collections of teacher guides for all the films that pass through IMAX.

These are all of the official IMAX made movies teacher guides.  - Mainly Doco's and educational content.

These are all of the Mainstream film teacher guides that pass through IMAX theatres regularly such as content from Disney, Warner Bros etc.  Big budget films you see in regular cinemas that have been upgraded to work in IMAX theatres.

These guides generally have a great insight to what the film is about and questions to consider before and after viewing.  They would certainly be useful to share with parents who were questioning the purpose of taking kids to the movies in class time.  Enjoy

Blank postcard templates for young writers

Use these printable templates to teach young writers how to write a basic letter or recount.  Your students will learn about addresses and can get creative in decorating the front picture and creating a stamp of their own in the process.

These and many other printables can be found our printable section here.

Download Postcard Template here.

Teach cause and effect through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Learning Intention / Overview

Students will identify cause and effect relationships in the text Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Understanding cause and effect relationships in a text helps students gain meaning from what they are reading.   This promotes insight from students and allows teachers to see students’ understanding from the literature they have read.  This activity will also review causal indicator words or phrases.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

Whole Group Discussion

 Independent Task

 

Assessment of Learning

·         Oral Discussion

·         Demonstrates understanding of cause and effect relationships in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Charlie and the Chocolate factory quiz for teachers and students

Learning Intention / Overview

This quiz will access students’ understanding of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl.  Students will read closely to determine what the text says explicitly as well as make logical inferences about characters and events from the story.  Students will also answer questions about key ideas, theme, and other literary elements.  This quiz will include questions from knowledge and reasoning standards.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

 Quizzing

  Independent Task

 

Assessment of Learning

·         Quiz (provided)

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Teach note writing through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Learning Intention / Overview

Responding to literature can be fun and creative.  There are many methods for students to use when responding to a piece of literature. This activity will focus on thank you note writing.  This will allow students to write from first person point of view.  This shows educators what students understand about a text as students reveal their thinking, feelings, and reactions to the literature they have read. 

Methods / Teaching Strategies

 Class Discussion

  Reviewing parts of thank you notes

 Independent Writing

 

Assessment of Learning

·         Thank you note

·         Demonstrates an understanding of first person point of view through writing a note card.

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Teaching the dialogue of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Learning Intention / Overview

This activity will allow students to develop an understanding of dialogue.  Dialogue is what is being spoken by characters in a text.  Understanding who is speaking allows students to better understand the plot and/or events taking place in a story. A character’s dialogue is also important because it often sets or reflects the mood in the story.  This activity will also strengthen background knowledge for word choice in identifying signals for dialogue. (said, shouted, yelled, spoke, etc.)

Methods / Teaching Strategies

 Group Discussion

  Identifying signal words

Independent Work

Assessment of Learning

·         Participation in Discussion

·         Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down (informal assessment)

“Who Said That” Skill sheet (provided)

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Teaching adjectives and adverbs from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Learning Intention / Overview

Adjectives are words that describe nouns.  Adverbs are words that describe verbs.   This activity will practice identifying and locating adjectives and adverbs by describing parts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Adjectives and adverbs can be part of word skills that incorporate vocabulary that is important in helping students form mental images about scenes and settings in a story.  Forming these metal pictures assists students in understanding what they are reading.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

Class Discussion

Modeling

Creative Art

   Independent Practice

Assessment of Learning

·         Adjectives and Adverbs  Page(provided)

·         Demonstrated an understanding of adjectives and adverbs through art.

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Teach fact and opinion through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Learning Intention / Overview

This activity will allow students to develop a better understanding of fact and opinion.  When reading text, it is important to distinguish between facts and opinions.  A reader must use critical thinking skills to evaluate statements in text to decide if the information or ideas are facts or opinions. Often the facts are included in what is known as details. 

Methods / Teaching Strategies

Group Reading and Discussion

Individual Task

Personalized Learning

 Assessment of Learning

·         Summarizing Sheet(provided)

·         Written response

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