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A Christmas Peter Pan Classroom Ideas
Lesson Ideas – A Christmas Peter Pan

The classic tale of Peter Pan explores the world of fantasy and imagination. The popular story, also captured on film and written by James Matthew Barrie in 1904, has captivated audiences for decades. Take your students on a journey of exploration with Peter Pan and the gang through the world of Neverland. Adapt a lesson plan for K-12 students from math to physical education with Peter Pan classroom activities.

Walk the Plank Vocabulary

The menace of the story of Peter Pan is the pirate, Captain Hook. Gather your students and invite them to test their vocabulary knowledge aboard Hook's plank. You can create a plank out of cardboard or wood or alternatively use tape or other items to identify the tip of the plank. Using words from the book like "engrossed," "spinster" and "subtle," ask the students either how to spell or define terms. Every mistake means one step closer to the edge of the plank. After hitting the edge students are eliminated from the game until there is one player left.

Neverland Math

Create mystical math questions for your students to solve using the Peter Pan theme. For younger grades stick to simpler equations using addition and subtraction. For example, if Peter Pan has three wishes and he uses one, how many does he have left? For higher level students you can create tougher questions using multiplication, division and word problems. For example, if Captain Hook has a treasure chest with 100 pieces of gold and Peter Pan takes half but drops half while getting away, how much gold does Peter bring back to Wendy?

Hook's Treasure Hunt

Take your students on a hunt around the world to locate Hook's treasure. All you need is a map or globe of the world and a few stickers to mark the spot. You can perform this activity one of two ways. One requires you to mark the map prior to the game and have the children identify the city and/or country of each mark. You may also present the clean map or globe to the class and name cities or countries that the students must locate and mark on the map.

Peter Pan

Keep your students active with physical activities based on Peter Pan. For younger students, play a variation of Duck, Duck, Goose entitled Peter, Peter, Pan. Seat the kids in a circle with one child, known as Captain Hook, walking around lightly tapping the heads of his peers exclaiming "Peter" until he lands on the one he wishes to race. He must exclaim "Pan" when tapping the head to initiate the race. The two students, Peter and Hook, must run around the circle. If Peter manages to tag Hook before he sits in Peter’s spot in the circle, the student playing Peter now plays Hook and gets to tap heads around the circle.

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ArtReach's A Christmas Peter Pan, North Shore Children's Theatre, Salem, MA

DISCUSSING THE PLAY, CHARACTERS, IDEAS, ETC.

SNOW FAIRIES:  Ask the class to pretend that they are snow fairies.  What is your name and what do you look like?  Where do you live and why?  Do you have a magic wand, or could your special powers be in your shoe or your hat?  What are your magical powers?  If the sun was shining brightly on you, what would you do?  Show how you would do it.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS:  Which are your favorite Christmas Carols and why?  Have everyone sing a Christmas Carol.  Now pretend you are a pirate singing the song.  What words would you change to make it sound more like a pirate?

CAPTAIN HOOK TREASURE MAP:  Choose Christmas tree ornaments to be treasures.  Hide them on the around the school or on the playground and let the children find them like an Easter egg hunt.  Have them draw a map from their desk to the place where they found the treasure.  Look at places on a map or a globe where pirates once sailed such as the Caribbean and Spain.  Find your home on the map and trace the way to the nearest port and then to the place of the pirates’ origin.

SANTA ELVES:  If you were an elf what would your name be and what kind of toy would you make?  What kind of materials would you use?  Paper, wood, plastic, glue?   What tools would you use?  Are these in your garage at home or would you need to invent special magical tool? How long do you think it would take you to make such a toy?  Who would you give your toy to?  Draw picture of the toy you would like to give your best friend or family member.

CROCODILE:  Have everyone draw a picture of a crocodile.  How wide is your crocodiles mouth, how big are his teeth?  What does he like to eat the best?  Discuss the difference between crocodiles and alligators.  Look up where they live and find them on a map.  Do you think a crocodile would rather live in a zoo or in the sea?

PIRATE’S SHIP:  Draw a picture of a pirate ships and identify the various parts of the ship:  main deck, rigging, mast, sails, port, starboard, bow, stern.  Pretend that you are a pirate and you are being attacked by another ship.  What kind of treasure do you have on board and what will you do to protect it?  Pretend the Captain is a villain like Captain Hook and stage a mutiny.


Classroom Activities for Kid Frankenstein
Talk, Write and Perform Kid Frankenstein

Mad Scientist:  The idea of the Mad Scientist is that the scientist loves his work so much he takes it too far.  Think of other professions, especially those you aspire to be.  Talk about what can go wrong when someone takes their ambitions a little too far.  Suggestions: Astronaut, Baker, Football Player, Librarian, School Bus Driver.

Create Your Own Silly Monster:  Think of all things you think are funny.  Tutus, chickens, top hats, tricycles, wigs, even things from your freezer or refrigerator.  After you have named these things, draw your own monster incorporating these objects as part of the monster.  For instance, your monster may have a beak like a chicken and wear a tutu and a top hat.  What magical powers does your silly monster have?

Create Your Own Laboratory:  Have each student bring in or draw a picture of something in their own home that could become a part of a magical laboratory where anything can happen.  Look for objects with electric cords, knobs, wheels, dials, buttons, etc.  Pretend the object has a magic power.   Demonstrate that power to the class.  Now have students put their magic objects together to make a laboratory.  Demonstrate your laboratory’s process and what is the outcome of the function?    Frankie chose to make a Frankenstein monster in his laboratory.  What would you like to make?

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"Crazy am I? We'll see if I'm crazy or not!" - Mad Scientist Frankie Stein in ArtReach's play 'Kid Frankenstein'!
Youth Summer Theatre Program, Grand Rapids, MN

Dress as Monsters:  What monsters are your favorites?  Have kids come to school dressed as their favorite monster.  This can be especially fun on the day of the performance of Kid Frankenstein – especially if it’s around Halloween!

Real Life Monsters:  Monsters are just a figment of our imaginations.  Monsters come from people looking at real creatures and assigning them super powers.   Think about real life animals and natural objects like gnarly trees and clouds in the sky.  Imagine that you see monsters in these objects that come to life.  What do they look like?  What powers do they have?

Frankenstein at the Movies!  Show classic movies such as Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein.  If you are short on time or wish to cut out certain scenes, just show excerpts.   Pop some popcorn!   Throw blankets on the floor and let kids sit on the floor.   Tell them if they get too scared to grab each other and scream their heads off!  That’s part of the fun.  And remind them that nothing in the movie is real.  Afterwards talk about scary movies and how to keep from getting too scared by them.

"Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
-- Albert Einstein


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