In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory written by Roald Dahl, there is a character named Mike Teavee who is totally obsessed with everything about Television. The main character, Willy Wonka, who owns the Chocolate Factory creates an invention to take anything at all and using a super-duper computer can shrink the object so that it is made up of millions of trillions of particles that travel through the air and into a TV. Unfortunately there are still a few problems to be worked out and things don’t go so well for Mike Teavee.
I would start by either reading this chapter of the book and then perhaps even showing a short section of the film to Pre-Primary students. I would then ask them: Do you think since this book was first published (1971) that we are any closer to being able to take things out of the TV?
I would collect answers from the class and create an area devoted to this research in the class to display. As the students in PP would be too young to search the internet unassisted I would explore their ideas for them and gather again to explore my findings. I would be particularly interested in finding any information about the 3D printers to show them as I don’t know how they work myself.
- Digital systems (hardware and software) are used at home, in the school and in the community (ACTDIK001)
- Work independently, or with others when required, for solutions (WATPPS05)
This lesson could definitely be explored further by asking the students to design and come up with their own inventions to solve the question by working together or in pairs and using any old broken parts to technology that you could have asked parents to donate prior to this lesson.
Integration: There are many areas of the English Curriculum that could be Integrated in such a lesson and not limited to:
- Listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom situations (ACELY1646)
- Use interaction skills including listening while others speak, using appropriate voicelevels, articulation and body language, gestures and eye contact (ACELY1784)
Criticisms/Concerns: Given their age it is a shame that the students couldn’t research online themselves however, if you had the computer screen on the whiteboard then they could watch as you model the way to search ideas on the internet.