90 years of Pooh

22-Jun-2011

Winnie the Pooh, the bear loved the world over, turns 90 this year which is a great excuse for a light-hearted lesson on Pooh, comics and children’s literature.  For a fun warm-up why not introduce them to the Pooh theme song.  Are you students brave enough to sing along?!

I gotta get up
I gotta get goin’
I’m gonna see a friend of mine

(He’s round and he’s fuzzy, I love him because he’s just…)

Pooh bear, Winnie the Pooh bear
Lookin for fun, chasin some honey bees,
Pooh bear, I know he’s out there
Rumbly tumbly
Climbin’ a honey tree

Fun never ends for us, we’re so adventurous
‘Least every now and again
But when you’re alone, and there’s nobody home
It’s nice to be able
To count on a friend like

Pooh bear, Winnie the Pooh Bear
Wherever you go, oh won’t you take me please
Pooh Bear, I gotta be the-e-ere
It’s me and it’s you
My silly ol’ Winnie the Pooooooooooh

Next let your students try their hand at being comics for the day. They can have great fun online making their own comic strip at sites such:
http://www.stripcreator.com/make.php

To bring the comics to life you can print them out and distribute them to the class getting your students to act out each other’s comics:
http://www.wittycomics.com/make-comic.php

There’s even material out there for your adult classes:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2002613/Winnie-Pooh-The-bear-little-brain-VERY-big-bank-balance.html

Were your students’ familiar with Pooh before?  Why do they think he is such an enduring and widely known character?

Macmillan English Campus offers the perfect follow up to your Pooh themed class with the Web Project  ‘Children’s Literature’ (MWP004128) which gets your students to look at C.S Lewis’s Narnia and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.

Nerys

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