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Resources for Scare-city: Monsters' Inc. and More!

Basic Economics Concepts: Fifty Nifty Econ Cards. Elementary Economic NGSSS

Berenstain Bears: Get the Gimmies Lesson Plan, Choices and Decision-Making

Hershel's World of Economics

Monsters Inc. Synopsis and Reviews

This is the trailer for Monsters' Inc.

Use the following scenes to discuss how the Monsters fulfil wants by using children's screams to create energy . . .

The Energy Factory

Sully's Problem: he detects trouble scaring children and one child escapes to the Monster side!

Through inquiry, they discover out that laughter creates more powerful energy than screams.

ECONOMICS IDEAS

Consider these NGSSS Elementary Economic Standards to discuss wants and scarcity. Discuss the need for energy. Then discuss how people need to make choices because of scarce or limited resources.

Standard SS.K.E.1.4 Identify the difference between basic needs and wants.
Standard SS.1.E.1.6 Identify that people need to make choices because of scarce resources.
Standard SS.2.E.1.1 Task: Recognize that people make choices because of limited resources
Standard SS.3.E.1.1 Give examples of how scarcity results in trade.

Other Kindergarten Ideas for Monsters' Inc:

1) SS.K.E.1.1 Describe different kinds of jobs that people do and the tools or equipment used. Have students identify the jobs the Monsters do and the tools or equipment they use. Then compare to how energy is really created and the jobs and tools.

2) Modified Did You Hear That? Questions: In what ways do Sully's choices show he is a good citizen? How were decisions made? Were these fair? Why did the monsters need screams? What did they make?What jobs were performed? What tools and equipment did they use? Do you think screams could really create energy? What about laughter?

2) Then consider good citizenship. Ask students if they think it is a good idea to use children's screams without a rule or law. Who act like good citizens in the movie? How were fair decisions made? SS.K.C.1.2 Explain the purpose and necessity of rules and laws at home, school, and community. SS.K.C.2.1 Demonstrate the characteristics of being a good citizen. SS.K.C.2.3 Describe fair ways for groups to make decisions.

Other Ist Grade Ideas for Monsters' Inc::

1) SS.1.E.1.2 Define opportunity costs as giving up one thing for another. Consider giving up scream energy. What was the opportunity cost? Opportunity cost is the thing you give up when you make another choice. Later on, when the Monsters figure out they can use laughter, what is the opportunity cost? (Hint: they don't have to rely on screams).

2) SS.1.A.3.1 Use terms related to time to sequentially order events that have occurred in school, home, or community Use the series of video clips. Students can use terms to sequence the story (ie. first, next, then, finally. . .)

3) Consider citizenship. What is an example of the use of power without authority? (Hint, consider the way the Monsters "stole" scream energy from kids). Did the factory owners show kindness to people and critters? Provide examples of characters who showed respect and kindness to people and animals/monsters. What were the results of the kindness? Consider how the decisions were made or how the conflicts were resolved in the story. Who was fair and just? Why? SS.1.C.1.3 Give examples of the use of power without authority in the school and community, SS.1.C.2.4 Show respect and kindness to people and animals, SS.1.C.3.1 Explain how decisions can be made or how conflicts might be resolved in fair and just ways.

Other 2nd Grade Ideas for Monsters' Inc::

1) SS.2.E.1.2 Recognize that people supply goods and services based on consumer demands. Why do the Monsters supply energy? Discuss what would happen if there was no energy/power supply to the classroom (no lights, no computer, no air conditioning, etc.)

2) SS.2.A.3.1 Identify terms and designations of time sequence. Use the series of video clips. Students can use terms to sequence the story (ie. first, next, then, finally. . .)

3) Consider citizenship. What are the consequences of an absence of rules and laws in relation to the Monster's factory? What rules or laws would you suggest to solve problems? SS.2.C.1.2 Explain the consequences of an absence of rules and laws.

4) SC.2.P.10.1 Discuss that people use electricity or other forms of energy to cook their food, cool or warm their homes, and power their cars. 2nd GRADE ACTIVITY: Read through the Primary Energy Informational Text and discuss the activities that the monsters could no longer do when they failed to scare the children. Use evidence from the texts and draw/write your answer.

More scenes from Monsters' University and Monsters' Inc. In Monsters' University, you learn how they go to school for "Scream" training.

3-5 Decision Making and Problem Solving Lessons: The Practice of Science, Decision Making, and Good Citizenship

The Monsters' Problem: Examine the Primary Energy Informational Text or Elementary Energy Informational Text to learn how energy is created. It is harder to scare children; therefore, the monsters are not able to produce enough energy to run their power company. What other sources of energy could they use to run their power plant? What are the costs/benefits of the different sources of energy? For example, compare and contrast renewable energy to other forms of non-renewable (fossil fuels). Argue for your choice with evidence. a) EIA.gov Renewable Energy, b) Alliant Energy Kids Renewables, 3) FPL Safety World Alternative Energy, d) Eco Kids Renewable Energy.

Science Standards to Use for Big Idea and Supporting Questions for The Monster's Problem:

SC.3.P.10.1 Identify some basic forms of energy such as light, heat, sound, electrical, and mechanical. (What are some of the forms of energy and how do you think these were effected when the Monsters were no longer able to scare the children?)

SC.3.P.10.2 Recognize that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change. (In Monsters' Inc., how did the energy cause motion or create change? Read Primary Energy Informational Text or Elementary Energy Informational Text to find more answers.)

SC.4.P.10.1 Observe and describe some basic forms of energy, including light, heat, sound, electrical, and the energy of motion.(Read Elementary Energy Informational Text and discuss basic forms of energy.)

SC.4.P.10.2 Investigate and describe that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change. (In Monsters' Inc., how did the energy cause motion or create change? Read Elementary Energy Informational Text to find more answers.)

SC.4.P.10.3 Investigate and explain that sound is produced by vibrating objects and that pitch depends on how fast or slow the object vibrates. (Read Primary Energy Informational Text or Elementary Energy Informational Text to discover more about sound energy. Then make a hypothesis about how the Monsters could create some form of energy through sound. Do you think the energy creation in Monster's Inc. is science or science fiction?)

SC.4.P.10.4 Describe how moving water and air are sources of energy and can be used to move things. (Read Elementary Energy Informational Text to discover how water and air are sources of energy. Use evidence from the text to discuss how they can be used to move things. If you were the Monsters, would you rather use water or air as your alternative source of energy? If you live in Florida, which of these forms of energy are in abundance? How about solar energy in Florida?

SC.5.P.10.1: Investigate and describe some basic forms of energy, including light, heat, sound, electrical, chemical, and mechanical. (Read Elementary Energy Informational Text to describe basic forms of energy. What forms of energy would you recommend for the Monsters?)

SC.5.P.10.2: Investigate and explain that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change. ((In Monsters' Inc., how did the energy cause motion or create change? Read Elementary Energy Informational Text to find more answers.)

More Energy Resources:

Florida Solar Energy Center Lessons Aligned to Florida Standards

Renewable Resources Lesson Plan

Online Energy Games

Solar Classroom Lesson Plan

Hands-on Science and Literacy Lessons About Solar: Beyond Penguins

Solar Videos for Kids

Scholastic Lessons