Last week, we brought you some Toy Story 4 worksheets, to help you understand how this film can aid the kids’ learning. This week, we are focusing on another Disney film, with our Moana activity sheets. These are provided thanks to Intofilm, who have an excellent home learning hub which is well worth exploring.
What is Moana about?
This is a set of activity sheets for Moana that are perfect for ages 7+. The film itself is rather famous for its inclusion of the awesome Rock (Dwayne Johnson), within the cast. He plays the fabulous, Maui – a demi-god that Moana encounters on a journey of discovery. She is following the footsteps of her ancestors out onto the seas in search of an island that she believes will help save her people. Moana is also trying to find herself too; and the journey is very much aligned to her own need to find out who she really is.
What are the strong female characters within the film?
One of the reasons we love Moana so much is that there are some excellent, strong female role models for girls within the film. Both Moana, and her grandmother are determine characters, and this is a really great place to start discussions on the film. You can get your class or children to think about the females in their lives:
- Who are the female role models in their lives?
- Are they people in their family?
- Are they famous people, or sportswomen?
- Are they fictional characters, like Moana, and if so, which books / films are they from and what makes them stand out?
- What about them makes them be someone that they can look up to?
It is an amazing opportunity to get children to think about what qualities in a heroine make us identify, and admire them.
What can we learn from Moana?
Intofilm have chose a few key discussion points from the film within these Moana Activity Sheets to help you lead the sessions on the film. There are some lovely touches within the film, and the areas for discussion reflect these:
- Moana’s tribe are wonderful – what do we learn about them and their way of life?
- The ocean in the film is anthropomorphic (!) – what does this mean? What does the ocean do that both delights and surprises us throughout the film?
- Some of the songs in the film are classics – we particularly love You’re Welcome which Maui sings to Moana. What songs are there? How to they make us/you feel?
Extension activity for Moana: Your dreams
We love encouraging kids to talk about their dreams, and Moana presents a great opportunity to do this with your kids. Why not get them to think about their own aspirations, and to draw themselves in the future? Perhaps there are a few questions we can ask them before we start?
- What are your dreams?
- Why are these things important to you?
- Where would you like to travel?
- Why would you like to do there?
- What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
- What do these things make you feel when you think about them?
Encouraging our children to dream can help them to connect to how they feel and be a really positive way for them to discuss their feelings and thoughts about their life and where they see themselves when they grow up.
Finally – why not write about the film as well, and add to the reviews on the Infofilm site?
As always – the best way to access this is to click on the square image below, and you will then be able to download all the above sheets for free. So what are you waiting for?
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