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Films Follow-Up


ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) have many study guides available for film studies.  Most of them are for secondary school students, but there are some suitable for primary school and they are free to teachers for the first 18th months after publication.  After that they can be bought for a modest fee (currently $4.95) from The Education ShopFilm Education UK also publish some of the guides – these are free.

NB Resources for film that is viewed as part of an integrated unit (e.g. the Beatrix Potter unit for Preps) will be included with resources for that unit (see the Curriculum Literature Units pages).  Resources on this Films Follow-Up page are for one-off films that are designed to teach film viewing skills as recommended in the SLAV Teacher Librarian Program and/or to introduce or promote particular authors or titles.

Foundation Year (Prep)

Hairy Maclary
Bob the Builder
babar-the-elephant-setting-venn-diagram (Babar the King of the Elephants)

Years 1 & 2

Paddington Bear Goes to School
Mr Bean Film T-chart
The Lion King (Film Education Guide)
The Little Mermaid (Film Education Guide)
Madeleine (e.g. Madeleine and the Forty Thieves)
Blinky Bill the Teacher

Years 3 & 4 

Swiss Family Robinson  Y chart, Swiss Family Robinson
The Ugly Duckling (ATOM guide)
The Magic Pudding (ATOM guide)
The Borrowers
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Tale of Despereaux
The Wind in the Willows

Years 5 & 6

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (ATOM guide)
Babe Pig in the City (PG) (Film Education guide)
The Nightmare Room (RL Stine)
Goosebumps, A Night in Terror Tower (Video)
Bridge to Terabithia (ATOM guide) Bridge to Terabithia (bullying aspects) (Film Education guide)
Spiderwick Chronicles (Film Education Guide)
Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events (Film Education Guide)
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix
Rabbit-Proof Fence and Asterix and the Gauls
The Drover’s Wife
Dad and Dave

Where there are no links, I have not yet found a study guide or made specific activity sheets for the film.  For these you may find these ‘all-purpose’ worksheets useful:

Comparing location, time, social aspects VELS 4
Comparing location, time, social aspects VELS 4 v2
Storyboarding (4 thumbnails)
Storyboarding (4 thumbnails) basic movie template
Storyboarding (4 thumbnails) Seniors Picture Fiction

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