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Late in the Spring, Disney brought The Jungle Book story to life. We’ve loved the animated classic for years. However, the move to live action is incredible. With summer now here and parents like myself looking for ways to engage the kids, it was the perfect time to share some fun activities along with the educator guide for The Jungle Book.
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About The Jungle Book
In April 2016, Disney released an all new live-action version of the beloved classic, The Jungle Book.
The story features Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.
Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray).
Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
Fun Activities & Educator Guide for The Jungle Book
On a rainy summer day, or maybe while you are road tripping, pull out Mowgali’s Jungle Maze or Spot the Difference.
When you want to take it up a notch, pull out the educator guide and the accompanying activity guide. Inside, you will find tons of information for the kids about the different animals featured in the movie and story.
While you can just print out or put the activity guide onto a device for the kids to read, the educator guide takes learning to a whole new level. Developed by educators for grades 4 to 8, there are several lessons which cover a variety of subjects.
Lessons Included in Educator Guide for The Jungle Book
Revealing Characters (Language Arts)
The Power of Water (Language Arts, Math & Science)
Human and Wildlife Co-Existence (Language Arts, Math & Science)
Techniques & Technology (Language Arts & Science)
Grab a copy of Kipling’s The Jungle Book if you don’t already have one and you’ll be on the road to more in depth learning. The educator guide does use it.
Watch the animated The Jungle Book movie from 1967 and even Jungle Book 2 (which continues the story of Mowgali & Baloo.) Compare the animated films to the live action one. Did the story lines match? How did they both compare to the original novel? Does your child have a favorite version? Many people think about books when it comes to comprehension and analysis, however you can do this with movies, too.
Have you and the kids gone to see The Jungle Book yet?
Do you have a favorite character or scene from the movie or book?