How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Concept featured in clip: Observations
Location of clip: 20:02-21:44 (DVD)

Summary of clip: In his attempt to prove his manhood to his dad, Hiccup tried to kill a dragon but failed and simply injured a Night Fury. When he found the Night Fury, he again tried to kill it but couldn’t. Hiccup returns to the site in which he found the Night Fury dragon he injured. He tries to gather more information about this creature by watching, listening, and sketching the dragon. He discovers that the back fin is broken and he hunts for fish in the lake.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: We make observations to gather more information about the world around us. Hiccup is curious about this Night Fury and is making observations. His observations include sketching the dragon in detail and quietly watching his actions. He learns more about this dragon by observing.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students:

Why is Hiccup staying hidden from the Night Fury?

What does he do with his notebook?

What information does he learn about the dragon’s diet by watching him?

2. Have students practice their observation skills. Bring in flowers and have students make both qualitative and quantitative observations using many different tools. (magnifying lens, ruler etc).

3. Do an observation activity using senses other than sight by blindfolding the student. Have them try to identify an object using other senses. (lemon, chalk, rubberband)