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Free Printable Activities from ‘The Hunger Games’ Book, Movie

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It’s an understatement to say that “The Hunger Games” book trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, has taken the world by storm. “The Hunger Games” movie blasted to top spot when it came out in March. The saga continues in “Catching Fire” and “Mocking Jay” which don’t stay long on book shelves. Planning to teach a unit on “The Hunger Games” books or movie? Here are free printable lesson plans and activities for several different content areas. As for age level, t he movie is acceptable for most ages, but the books are a bit graphic. I recommend using “The Hunger Games” series with kids over 12.

Scholastic Teacher Share has a 21-piece set of free printable lesson plans that you can download and use in class. No sign-up is necessary, so parents, homeschoolers and kids can access the printables for personal use too. There are writing activities, graphic organizers, comparison-contrast charts, story sequencing activities, Hunger Games simulations, problem-solving lessons, survival skill games and more. Here’s a list of curriculum objectives that the lessons may be used for. The lessons fall primarily in literature and reading, but there are some science, social studies and marketing lessons, too. The Hunger Games” is a good allegory for labor struggles, economic revolutions and political theory. Click each link to download and print from your saved files.

I checked “The Hunger Games” movie fan page and though I couldn’t find many printables, you can take a virtual tour of Panem’s Capitol. You can also download some wallpapers and poster. By scrolling down the icon in the far left hand corner, you can also follow the 12 districts on Facebook. You can also download a free iOS game called “Hunger Games- Girl on Fire.” In the game, you, as Katniss, compete in the Hunger Games and defend yourself against The Capitol’s wily snares.

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These books appealed first to middle school and high school students but lots of adults are getting hooked, too. Readers who favor utopian and dystopian novels are putting “The Hunger Games” right up there with “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and “1984” (George Orwell). My husband reads mostly arcane books of history and technology. Rarely does he pick up a work of fiction. He’d not heard much about “The Hunger Games” until we took our teen and young adult kids to see it. I thought he’d find it juvenile, but he loved it and is reading the books.

Happy Hunger Games! And “may the odds ever be in your favor.”

 

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