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Fly Away Home
SUBJECTS — Health (Grieving); ELA: theme,
characterization, back story, allusion, complication; Science(Biology);
the Environment; World/Canada;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Grieving; Parenting; Father/Daughter; Caring
for Animals; Teamwork;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: PG for an opening accident scene and some mild language; Drama; 1996; 107 minutes; Color.
Health Classes — Fly Away Home offers a look at how focusing on nature, a supportive family, and a project that takes an individual outside of oneself can serve the process of grieving. It provides a dramatic example for a lesson in healthy ways of dealing with loss. The movie also addresses the redemption of a neglectful parent who comes to learn the importance of his role in the life of his daughter.
ELA Classes: — Fly Away Home is useful in inspiring students to exercise writing skills required by the ELA curriculum.
Biology Classes: — The movie can serve as a springboard for discussions about migration and its inverse, dormancy, although for many classes, a portion of the film Winged Migration will better serve the purpose. Fly Away Home will also introduce students to innovative efforts to repair damage to the environment by using ultra-light aircraft to lead a flock of young geese on their first migration, thereby setting up a pattern of migration that the geese will follow and teach their offspring.
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Grief is something all people experience. Models of healthy ways for grieving are important for emotional health. Fly Away Home offers such a model. The Learning Guide to the film will help teachers focus children's attention on this aspect of the movie.
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Assignment: Consider the following assignment to provide students an opportunity to write a memoir.
Write a recollection, using descriptive details, of a time in your life when you have experienced loss. The loss may involve an important person who has died or even the loss suffered when a friend has moved away. The loss of a pet can also be a source of grieving as can be the loss of a valued object. Clearly there are losses that are of greater significance than others, but all losses share common types of emotional suffering, whatever the degree. Be sure that in your reflection the nature of loss is addressed along with what was done to help ease the pain. Conclude the reflection with a summary of what was learned in the experience.
The Learning Guide to the film Fly Away Home contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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