Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monsters University

The timing of Pixar's new film, Monsters University, couldn't have been better.  Perusing typical university webpages can be a bore for elementary students, but checking out Monsters University is a very different experience!  


First, we watched a message from the dean:




After taking a quick pre-visit survey (you can download it here), students were free to explore the website to find out what college life is all about.  I had 3 focus questions students were to investigate:
  1. What are some of the college entrance requirements?
  2. What are some of the clubs, activities, sports, and other social groups on this campus?
  3. What are some of the majors or classes you'd be interested in taking?

I also attached some activity pages (that I found online in various places) where they could design their own student id, complete a maze and unscramble puzzle, wordsearch, campus maze, and sudoku puzzle.



 

7 comments:

  1. What ages would you say that this activity is suitable for?

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    1. I used it with my 4th graders, so 9 yrs and up would buy into it. Like any university site it is text-heavy, but there are funny and clever things they've included to make it engaging for kids.

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  2. What a neat experience and a great way to get students thinking about college!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. I LOVE this activity! How do you download the pre-survery?

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    1. Here is the link to download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5CpDF7qDQwKLVMzZ3Y4aFlQZkU/view?usp=sharing

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  4. This is amazing! Thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you! We should also be thanking Pixar for creating this amazing trove of college interest for children! :)

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