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Book vs. Movie: Which Will Win?
We have started a new tradition this past school year and it has been really fun! We read a book, then we find the movie that has been made from the book and watch it. It is a reward to my kids for reading the book. Often they are books we read together as a family, but not always. I decided we need to start doing more formal comparisons, so I created a little worksheet : The Book Vs. The Movie. We read Matilda by Roald Dahl this month, so we are doing our first comparison on Matilda. This was made into a very fun movie in the 90’s.
Now, I have to begin this by saying that I am rather biased. When it comes to a book vs. movie battle, I strongly believe that the book is always better!! If you are of the same opinion, or are biased one way or the other, try to hold that in a little when doing these comparisons. Let your kids discover for themselves and make informed decisions based on what they read and view.
Download for FREE Here: The Book Vs the Movie printable
For some book ideas to use for this book vs. movie activity, check out my post about 100 Kids Books Made into Movies . There are so many fun books that have been made into movies!
I also want to share a few fun ways to learn with the Matilda book. It is a cute story that has a lot of educational components hidden in it.
Matilda’s Reading List:
These are the ones mentioned in the book. I have to say, that I have not read all of these yet. These are challenging books and ones that I would not really recommend to young children! But you (parents) should read them!!!
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Tess of D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
Gone to Earth, Mary Webb
Kim, Rudyard Kipling
Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
The Good Companions, J. B. Priestley
Brighton Rock, Graham Greene
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Brother’s Grimm
Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Math with Matilda (& Her Dad):
- Car #1 was purchased for $78 and sold for $1,425
- Car #2 was purchased for $118 and sold for $760
- Car #3 was purchased for $111 and sold for $999.50
- Car #4 was purchased for $86 and sold for $699.50
- Car #5 was purchased for $637 and sold for $1649
What was the profit?
- Matilda was also very good at multiplication. She knew her times tables as high as she could count. The kids in her class were learning the 2 and 3 times tables. Practice the times tables and see how far you can go!
Language Arts with Matilda:
- Matilda wrote a limerick about her teacher Miss Honey. Teach your kids about what a limerick is and see if they can write one!
- Miss Trunchbull wanted the kids to spell words forwards as well as backwards. Do you know how to spell common words backwards?
- Miss Honey tight the kids a mnemonic to help them remember how to spell difficulty. Can you make up any other ones to help you spell harder words?
What is your favorite book/movie combo? Do you think books always win, too?