DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LESSON PLANS FOR YEAR 1: WEEKS 11-12
ELEMENTS OF FUN LEARNING HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM
This page has Amazon affiliate links. The following lessons are to be used with Elements of Fun Learning Curriculum, Year 1: Weeks 11-12. Use these Beauty and the Beast Lesson Plans to inspire, teach, engage and play with your child. These plans utilize both Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Animated 1991 movie, the 2017 Live-Action movie, and Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont’s short story. Before beginning, make sure to access the Book List for Weeks 1-12. This will have the books used for Beauty and the Beast weeks 11-12. Also, make sure to see the Supply List for Weeks 1-12 to make sure you have the supplies for this unit on-hand.
WEEK 11-12: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
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MOVIE: ALL LEVELS
WATCH DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (G) Questions to ask before watching the movie: Who is the narrator of the movie? (Narrator is a person (or animal) that delivers a commentary of a movie, play, book, etc) In the animated version, the narrator was played by David Ogden Stiers who also played the character of Cogsworth.
OTHER MOVIES YOU MAY WANT TO WATCH THROUGHOUT THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:
DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: This 2017 live-action version is similar to the animated movie. There are additional songs in the live-action version that do not appear in the animated version. To Read my review, Click Here!
FAERIE TALE THEATRE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1984 NR): This version is approximately 50 minutes.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946 French Film with English Subtitles): This version carries a very high IMBD rating of 8.0. It is in Black and White.
THERE ARE ALSO PLENTY OF TELEVISION SERIES THAT WERE INSPIRED BY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I AM NOT LISTING THEM ALL HERE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO WATCH SOME, The Hollywood Reporter has a list of them.
THE REAL BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2014): See how a real genetic condition inspired Beauty and the Beast. This is not suitable for young children.
We will be studying outward appearance versus what’s in the heart. Just like God looked at the heart of David, Belle needs to see past the exterior and see the character of the Beast. The Beast in the story version is kind, but obviously, in the Disney version he is angry and needs to learn to control his temper. We will be studying the life of David. In the opening of the movie, the line is said, “She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.”
BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, AND ADVANCED: Work on Memorizing Bible Verses – ENTIRE WEEK. Verse of the Week is 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Day 1 through 5: Work on memory verse each day. Read the story of the David.
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED: Each day work on memorizing your verse.
Day 1: Read 1 Samuel 16 – 17. A man looks at outward appearances. What does God look at?
Day 2: Read 1 Samuel 18-19
Day 3: Read 1 Samuel 20-21
Day 4: Read 1 Samuel 22-24
Day 5: Read 1 Samuel 25-26
Self-Control – Definition: the ability to control oneself, in particular, one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations. I have placed books in the appendix for self-control if you would like to take more time studying how to gain control of your emotions.
BEGINNER: Read Definition of Self-Control and discuss with your child.
Select a book from the Appendix such as The Wolf Who Learned Self-Control or Percy Gets Upset to read that self-control. Each day reread or select another book.
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED: Define Self-Control. Identify the ways to exercise self-control throughout the week. Continue writing in your Character Traits Journal. Focus on ways we can control our temper – Count to 10, keep a journal, think of happy thoughts, take a walk, etc.
Beauty and the Beast, a French novel, was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve in 1740. It was made into a short story by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont in 1756.
TIMELINE: Disney’s Animated Beauty and the Beast – 1991
Disney releases a live-action Beauty and the Beast – 2017
Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve publishes a French novel entitled La Belle et le Bete in 1740.
Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont publishes a short story in 1756 based on that novel.
DAY 1: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED: Find and Identify France on map, atlas or globe. Find the capital of France. Identify the French Flag
Day 1: Sticker Activity Books (Flag and Picture Atlas)
Day 2: Look What Came from France by Miles Harvey
Day 3: National Geographic for Kids FRANCE
Day 1: Sticker or Flag Activity Book
Day 2: Hey Kids, Let’s Visit Paris France, p. 1-8
Day 3: Hey Kids p. 9-16
Day 4: Hey Kids, p. 17-26
Day 5: Hey Kids, p. 27-36 Finish next week if you would like.
Day 1: Geography Identify France on Map. What colors are the flag? Population? Size?
Who is the President and the Prime Minister? What type of Government do they have? https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-type-of-government-does-France-have.html
What is the capital? How do you become a citizen of France? https://www.expatica.com/fr/visas-and-permits/A-guide-to-French-citizenship-and-permanent-residence_107626.html
CIA Website (Includes information such as heads of state, type of government, national anthem, etc.) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/fr.html
Day 2: France: Culture Smart
Day 3: Culture Smart
Day 4: Culture Smart
Day 5: Culture Smart
READING: ALL LEVELS:
Day 1: Read the story by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont found HERE! If you are planning to read the original version by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, see the Appendix for the recommended book. Belle helps the Beast to learn to read.
Day 4: Encourage your child to help someone else read, either a younger child, or grandma or grandpa, or take them to an assisted living facility and have them read to someone there. If you call a facility they can assist you.
Day 1: Read a version of Beauty and the Beast. If you are not reading the de Beaumont version, select a version from the Appendix.
Day 2-5: Read a different version of Beauty and the Beast each day, or continue to read your favorite version.
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED:
Day 1-5: Begin reading The Beast Within or read the original version found in the booklist. Read a little each day. We read both books. If you finish it early, select another book from the Appendix.
CREATIVE WRITING: ALL LEVELS:
Write an alternative ending to Beauty and the Beast. (Suggestions: the last petal falls before he changes back to the prince, Belle marries Gaston, Gaston lives and seeks revenge, Maurice doesn’t stop at the Castle, but Belle still meets the Beast). For younger children have them tell you the story and you write it out.
This week we are going to be studying the Scientific Method, hypnosis and Dr. Mesmer. When American inventor Benjamin Franklin arrives in Paris, he is upstaged by a compelling and enigmatic figure: Dr. Mesmer. In elaborately staged shows, Mesmer has Parisians believing he can control a magic force that changes the taste of water, cures illness, and controls thoughts! Can Ben Franklin’s approach of observing, hypothesizing, and testing get to the bottom of Mesmer’s tricks? The book we will be reading shows the development of the scientific method — and reveals the amazing power of the human mind.
Day 1: Read Mesmerized. Spread it out over several days if necessary for younger children. This book has a suggested reading level for Grades 1-4, but I think it is such a great book that all levels will get something out of it. First of all, THERE WAS A DR. MESMER!!!! That is where we get the word Mesmerized!
Day 2-until the last petal falls: We will be conducting experiments with Roses. Before beginning the experiment, ask your child the following questions: Can flowers live years once they are cut? How long do they think they would live in water and outside of water? Would putting a flower in a refrigerator cause it to die quicker or live longer. Get 4-12 roses of the same kind. If you buy more than 6, buy two different varieties. Using glass cylinders with no water (there rose in Beauty and the Beast had no water), place a rose in each cylinder. 1 Cylinder leave on the counter, the 2nd cylinder stick in the refrigerator, and the 3rd cylinder cover with either a glass bell Jar or a clear plastic bag. If you have 2 varieties, place one of each kind in each location. If you buy more flowers, do the same experiments with 1 rose in water and 1 rose without water per location. (Example: 1 rose in water in the refrigerator, and 1 rose in the refrigerator with no water). Check the flowers each day, and record your results. Which flower lasted the longest? How long does it take until the last petal falls? Make sure to fill out the Scientific Method sheet.
Day 3: Maurice is an inventor. This week and next, we will be inventing. Benjamin Franklin, who we heard about in Day 1, was a famous inventor. Today we will read about inventions and create our own inventions for the rest of the unit. Read, or look through the pictures, the book 125 Cool Inventions or another book from the Appendix.
Day 4-5: Work on inventing. Use books in Appendix. Give your child enough time in each day for them to work on inventions.
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED:
Day 1: After reading Mesmerized. Read the following article that goes into meal detail about Dr. Mesmer.
Day 2: Read about the Enlightenment and how it changed science.
Day 3: Read about the rose from Beauty and the Beast.
ALL LEVELS: Gaston tries to commit Maurice to an asylum. What is an asylum? Do we still have asylums? The definition of asylum is an institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill. Sadly we do not have asylums, but we now have jails filled with mentally ill patients.
Day 5: Belle and The Beast are attacked by wolves. The Beast suffers bites and scratches. Practice first aid for dog bites. What is the correct way to bandage and treat the injury?
INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED: If you have watched Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast from 2017. Talk about how Belle’s mother died (bubonic plague). Read about the bubonic plague – what is it? How is it spread?
Day 1: In the opening sequence, there are children jumping rope. Go outside on a nice day and jump rope. Teach younger children how to jump rope. Teach how to jump by yourself versus how to jump with other people swinging the rope.
Day 3: Play Petanque
Day 5: Cards were invented in France. Play a game of Piquet with a standard deck of cards.
Day 3: Make a Rose Stained Glass Window.
Listen to the soundtrack from Beauty and the Beast. Have your child select their favorite song from the movie.
WEEK 12: Day 6-10:
This is the catch-up week. There is so much packed in last week that you may want to catch up. Take this week to prepare for your feast, go on field trips, and continue learning about Beauty and the Beast.
Rewatch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
We will continue studying David.
BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, AND ADVANCED: Work on Memorizing Bible Verses – ENTIRE WEEK. This week we have another verse about the heart and the Lord knowing whats in the heart. Verse of the Week is Jeremiah 17:10, “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
Day 6 through 10: Work on memory verse each day. Continue to read the story of David – a man after God’s heart.
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED: Each day work on memorizing your verse. We will continue to read about David.
Day 6: Read 1 Samuel 27-28
Day 7: Read 1 Samuel 29-31
Day 8: Read 2 Samuel 1
Day 9: Read 2 Samuel 2-3
Day 10: Read 2 Samuel 4-5
Empathy – Definition: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Work on developing Face reading skills. Play the game: What am I feeling? You make a face and have your child guess how you are feeling. Happy, Sad, confused, angry, tired, bored, etc.
BEGINNER: Read Definition of empathy and discuss with your child.
Select a book from the Appendix to read that deals with empathy. Each day reread or select another book. My favorite book on the list is The Hundred Dresses.
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED: Define Empathy. Identify the ways that we can show empathy through the week. Continue writing in your Character Traits Journal. Focus on understanding and sharing the feelings of others. Work on developing empathy by:
Talking to the new person in the group whether it’s at church, work, a group you are in.
Go to a different church and experience something different. If you are a Christian, visit a synagogue. See how other people worship.
Listen to others and open up about your feelings to others. If you don’t share how you feel, find someone to share with.
Challenge yourself to see the perspective of others.
ALL LEVELS: Days 6-10: Use Duolingo to learn some basic French
Field Trips – See Appendix for suggestions
ADVANCED: Continue reading Culture Smart: France
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED:
Continue reading each day. If you need another booth, see the Appendix. At the end of the week write a simple book report. Title of Book, Author, Brief synopsis (what was the story about), and would you recommend this book to a friend.
Day 6-10 Continue working on your inventions.
Play a game of Snail. It is like hopscotch but in the shape of the snail.
Additional resources can be found in the Appendix.
Day 7: Famous French Artist – Claude Monet. Read about him (see booklist) and we will recreate a painting.
Day 10: Create a menu for your grand feast. I have saved several suggestions in my Pinterest account here!
Learn how to set a formal table. Emily Post table setting guide.
Spend the week preparing for a Grand Feast. See appendix for food suggestions. Watch Beauty and the Beast as a family (or invite friends to share your excitement about this unit you just finished.).
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