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Swiss Family Robinson
SUBJECTS — Literature; Science-Technology; World/Indonesia;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Families in Crisis; Brothers;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — General.
Age: 5-12; Not Rated; Drama; 1960, 126 minutes; Color.
Marooned on a tropical island, the members of this resourceful family build a life for themselves. The Swiss Family Robinson, a literary classic, has been made into a film which captures much of the essence of the book. The movie is a fast paced adventure with shipwrecks, pirates, pitched battles and wild animals.
Children, depending upon their reading level, should be encouraged to read the book before seeing the movie.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Swiss Family Robinson helps teachers use the film to increase the understanding of children 5 - 12 about the process of colonization and to demonstrate that a group of people, in this case a family, working together and using their ingenuity, can surmount almost any challenge.
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To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to develop lesson plans, and by parents to supplement school curriculum or for homeschooling, we have set out below the first two sections of the Learning Guide to Swiss Family Robinson.
Description: A family from Switzerland traveling to New Guinea is shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island. Through hard work and inventiveness, they adapt to their new environment.
This is a fast paced adventure with shipwrecks, pirates, pitched battles and wild animals. Filmed on location on the beautiful Caribbean island of Tobago, the scenery shown in this film is breathtaking. The movie is adapted from the children's classic by Johann David Wys.
Benefits: The movie shows how a family that works together and uses its ingenuity can surmount almost any challenge.
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