Audience: Stage 2 and Stage 3
Submitted by: Alison Seymour
A cartoon about a bird who learns to whistle. We see its
frustration as it struggles to copy other people and animals. Finally it makes a big effort and starts to whistle successfully. This video could also be used in PDHPE for a lesson on resilience and perseverance, but it has an intercultural component as well.
- How many people speak another language at home?
- (For ESL students) How long have you been learning English?
(For non-ESL students) Do you have a family member or friend who speaks another language?
- How does it feel when you try to talk in English/another language?
- Can you whistle?
Introduce video of a baby bird learning to whistle.
Stop at various points to ask: What is happening? What else do you notice?
Worksheet (see file below): Number the pictures in the sequence they appear
Compare answers – watch and re-check
- Did you understand everything you saw in the video?
- How did the little bird learn how to whistle?
- How did the little bird feel when it could not whistle?
- (ESL) Is this how you feel when you can’t say what you want to say in English?
(non-ESL) What could you do to help others who do not speak English?