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Night at the Museum Movie: Watch and Learn
Short and Sweet Version: Co-op Class Only Meets Twice
First Meeting: Everyone watches the movie, Night at the Museum, together. This meeting is strictly for fun.
At Home: Each child chooses either an historical character from the movie, another interesting person from a time period covered in the movie, or a particular time period in general. She should research the person and/or time period and create a project to share for the next meeting.
Second Meeting: Children bring their projects, dress in character and bring a food dish representing their era. Everyone gets a chance to present their projects and enjoy the food dishes.
Longer Version: A Semester Long Co-op Class
Our group did not do this activity as a semester course, but it could easily be done.
- The first class period (or two) should involve watching the movie together.
- Each subsequent class could focus on chronological lessons about the time periods and/or people mentioned in the movie. Literature, hands-on projects, group research and/or mapping, field trips, etc. could all be used as class content.
- The last few weeks should consist of brainstorming/planning/working sessions for final class projects.
- The final class should include presentations, costumes and food as mentioned above. This would be especially nice as an evening event that entire families could attend!
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