Lewis Carroll's literary classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel "Through the Looking Glass" have spawned numerous adaptations through the years, with kids perhaps most familiar with Walt Disney Co.'s animated "Alice in Wonderland." Educators can engage students in classroom activities to help enhance students' appreciation of Alice and her Wonderland adventures.
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Big And Small
To enter Wonderland, Alice drinks a potion and eats cake to become smaller and bigger, respectively. In this activity, students discuss instances in which they felt very big or very small. Instances may include standing next to a person or object that was a lot smaller or larger than them. Students also discuss whether they ever saw themselves bigger or smaller and how the experience made them feel. For instance, a house of mirrors alters a person's appearance dramatically. As a variation, students discuss advantages and disadvantages of being short or tall, and whether they would have liked to be small Alice or large Alice.
Students retell the story of "Alice in Wonderland" in this crafts activity. The instructor prints out character templates from sites like DTLK and distributes the templates to students. Students make toilet paper roll crafts or paper doll crafts of characters such as Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit. If making paper dolls, students may tape them onto Popsicle sticks and use them as puppets to retell the story of "Alice in Wonderland."
Fantasy And Dreams
"Alice in Wonderland" epitomises a fantasy world. For this activity, students discuss the meaning of fantasy and make a "Dream Book" to represent their dreams. Students discuss differences between fantasy characters like the Cheshire Cat and real cats, as well as their definitions of "Wonderland" and whether they encounter a "Wonderland' in their imagination and dreams. For the "Dream Book," students draw a picture for the cover and detail inside dreams or portions of dreams that they recall, and whether some of these events could occur in real life.
Students compile a list of objects for Alice to use during her Wonderland adventures in this activity. Considering Alice in both small land large form, students divide into groups and draw five items they feel Alice could use. Upon finishing their drawings, students use child-safe scissors to cut them out and put them into an envelope. The instructor then gives each group an envelope belonging to another group, leaving students to discuss how Alice can use the objects.
A Very Merry Unbirthday
Using "The Unbirthday Song" in Walt Disney's animated version of "Alice in Wonderland" as inspiration, students participate in a "Very Merry Unbirthday" classroom party. The instructor sets a date for the party, which occurs on a day when none of the students have a birthday. After choosing a character from the story, students create invitations signed by their characters. On party day, students dress as their chosen characters or wear character masks, and share character riddles for other students to solve.
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