Silent Movies (home learning)

Silent Movies (home learning)

  • Primary
  • Year 1 - 2
  • English
  • The Arts
  • Drama
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Did you know the very first movies didn’t have sound or colour like the movies we watch today? You had to watch the pictures closely to figure out what was going on! Use your imagination to make the boy and girl in the book, Where Happiness Hides, into more complete characters by making up their conversations based on the pictures.

Lesson guides and printables

Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Curriculum codes:

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 -7


  • think and connect

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Visual Arts, Critical and Creative ThinkingPersonal and Social Capability

Resources required

Tips for parents and carers

Two sentences, one from each character, is probably enough for each image.

If kids are struggling to imagine a conversation, role-play with them. Ask a question as the girl, and have them respond as the boy. Then for the next image, have them ask the question.

Encourage kids to stay away from the obvious, such as “‘I like raspberries,’ said the girl.” Instead, add an opinion and description: “‘Raspberries are so sweet and delicious!’ said the girl.”

To extend kids, ask them to include some description of the actions of the kids.

Additional info

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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