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12 Months of Literary Activities: Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies activities include history and science reading extensions and a Tissue Paper Parachute craft for kids. Part of 12 Months of Literary Activities.

Lord of the Flies.   Just wow.  Such a deep look at human nature.

Yeah, most people save it for high school at the earliest.  And it’s totally okay if you do that for your kids.  It’s a little scary to contemplate what goes on with a bunch of 6-12 year old boys when they’re left to their own devices.  It makes us think about our own base instincts and what might happen to us if we were in the same situation.

So maybe it should wait till middle school.  But you know me.  I don’t believe in reading levels.  If you think your kids are old enough for the themes and some of the plot line, then read it with them.  It provides such fantastic opportunities to discuss behavior and how we should treat other people.

Lord of the Flies activities include history and science reading extensions and a Tissue Paper Parachute craft for kids. Part of 12 Months of Literary Activities.

Lord of the Flies Activities

The boys and I haven’t read this together yet–it’s on our schedule for this spring.  But I am nothing if not a planner, so I’ve already come up with a bunch of fun educational ideas to include as we read.

History

The plane wreck happens in the middle of a war.  Considering that the book was written in the ’50s and the boys were being evacuated from Britain, it’s easy to assume it was one of the world wars, probably WWII.  Study WWII and the evacuations that occurred in Britain and other European countries.

Study military planes and air battles.

Research the history of hunting.  What stage have the boys been thrown back to because of their isolation?

Government

Have your kids set up their own government like the boys try to do in the book.  Who would be leader?  How would decisions be made?  What kind of judicial system would there be?

Science

Do a shell study.  Because conch shell.

Study lagoons and other bodies of water that can be found in and around islands.

Art

The parachutist who lands on the island in the book provides a pivotal point in the book, so this is a good extension.  Plus, it’s a super fun project.

What you need:

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

What you do:

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Line up tissue paper squares in a 4×5 rectangle

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Starting at top left, run a thin line of glue along right edge of 1st square
  • Line up 2nd square with top of first and glue into place

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Continue gluing row together making sure to keep top line straight

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Starting at left side again, run a glue along the bottom of the 1st top square and line up 1st square of second row with outside edge of top row
  • Glue into place

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Run glue along right edge of 1st square of 2nd row and bottom of 2nd square of top row
  • Glue next square into place

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Continue gluing second row

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Repeat steps until all 4 rows are complete

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Punch a hole in each corner of the rectangle about 1/2 inch in

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

 

  • Tie one string through the hole in each corner and knot it.Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies
  • Place a small piece of tape over string to strengthen

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

Pulling up from the corners, gather all 4 strings together and knot 3 inches from bottom of parachute

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Separate the 4 strings below the knot
  • Gather 2 strings together and tie into a small loop
  • Repeat with remaining 2 strings

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • Put action figure’s arms through string loops

Tissue Paper Parachute Craft is a fun extension activity for Lord of the Flies

  • To fly your chute, hold action figure in your hand and toss into the air
  • The chute will catch air and float down to the ground

So. much. fun.  I swear, it works superbly.

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Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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6 Comments

  1. How fun! I’ll definitely save this to do with my boys when they’re a little older! 🙂
    Priscilla recently posted…FREE Groundhog Day Rhyming Words Activity…My Profile

    • That’s awesome. And even though I’m not about reading levels, the subject matter of this one made me wait, too. I’ll keep you posted on how my boys do with it.

  2. What a fun craft! Any family looking for a STEM project is in for a treat with this one!
    -melissa 🙂 recently posted…Teen Interview StereotypesMy Profile

  3. I think I’ll save that one for a bit older. Definitely a discussion starter! My kids love making parachutes. We just use one large piece of tissue paper or light fabric, but I love how your multi colored one turned out.

  4. I have to admit. I’ve never read this book! eek! LOL
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