Tumbleweed Tango

Age Range: 5 - 11

Genre(s): Adventure

A balloon dog is lost and needs to escape from a dangerous environment... when he meets his perfect dance partner!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • Make a list of adjectives to describe the environment shown in the video.
  • How would you describe the dogs shown in the video?
  • Pause the video at various points and think of speech / thought bubbles for the characters.
  • Think of different adverbs that can be used to describe how we can dance.
  • Follow some instructions that show you how to make a balloon animal.
  • Write your own set of instructions to teach others how to make a balloon animal.
  • Think of an alternative ending for the story.
  • Plan the next part of the story... where do the balloon dogs go next?
  • Make your own story about a balloon animal that has an adventure. How did its life begin? What dangers might it need to avoid?
  • The title 'Tumbleweed Tango' has alliteration. Can you think of other film / book titles that have alliteration (or make up some of your own)?

Science

  • What are balloons made from? What is special about that material that lets us blow a balloon up? When and why do balloons pop?

Computing

  • Watch videos of people dancing and try to make an animation that recreates some of their steps / movements.

Design Technology

  • Can you make your own balloon animals / objects?

Art

  • Look at photos of people dancing. Try to recreate these using different art materials. How will you convey the movement and action in your work?

Music

  • Listen to the music in the video. What instruments can you hear? How would you describe the rhythm / tempo etc?

Geography

  • Think about where the video might be set. What type of landscape is it? Where in the world could it be? What is the weather like there? How are the plants adapted to living there?

Physical education

  • Use the music in the video as the track for your own dance.

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