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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.
Characters in this movie are concerned with maintaining a balance in environment. However both growth and decay are part of that process. What role do rotting plants, decaying animal life and the cyclical nature of the seasons play in reinvigorating the forest? How can the depiction of mice, bats an mosquitoes as evil propagate the negative feelings many people have about these creatures?
When Mary Katherine meets her estranged father she is unhappy because she wants a normal dad. How would you define a normal father? How might a teenager’s definition of normal differ from that of an adult? What does she learn to appreciate about her father? What has he sacrificed in the pursuit of his passion for finding the little people? Are the sacrifices he made worth it?
What unseen life forms surround us everyday, whether or not we are in the forest? What is their role?