Ideas for lesson plans and activities based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin

The last week or so I’ve been reading many different variations of the Pied Piper. I’ve written about some of those different stories. I didn’t share them all with my children, but I read enough of them, and talked enough about the others, that they got a pretty good introduction. Questions to discuss (any of which could lead to the writing of an essay,┬ástory, skit or puppet show). Does the amount of time and effort the piper put into the work matter? Should it matter? The people complain that he did the work so quickly it isn’t worth what they Continue reading

Lesson plans and ideas based on the Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster feels a bit like a blend of Alice in Wonderland meets the Number Devil with a dash of almost (academic non-religious) personified┬ámoralism reminiscent of Pilgrim’s Progress. The book tells the story of Milo, who travels into the lands of Wisdom and then to find the princesses Rhyme and Reason. Like any good fairy-tale character Milo is given magical gifts which he then uses to find his way past the demons and phantoms that live in the Mountains of Ignorance. The moralistic aspects of The Phantom Tollbooth pertain largely to making good use of one’s Continue reading