Updated On: April 29, 2020

101 Dalmatians

Art & Design

Toddlers
Match: With toddlers, use Dalmatians to practice patterns and matching, where learners can visually discriminate different spot patterns as well as match them.

Illustration

Children and Teenagers
Follow Instructions: Follow a step-by-step tutorial for illustrating Cruella de Vil, Pongo, or Perdita.

Motion Graphics

Children and Teenagers
Show and Tell: In the opening credits of the original version of 101 Dalmatians, look at how many ways the film makers incorporated the theme of spots to playfully give credit to the individuals involved with the film consistent with the nature of the work they contributed. It’s a creative work of art.

Math

Arithmetic

Children
Use the number 101 to explore math facts and relationships. Great opportunity to discover various ways to construct and deconstruct numbers.

Measurement & Data

Children and Teenagers
Research: This story could be used to explore birth statistics, unusual birth facts, etc.

Social Sciences

Geography

Children and Teenagers
Watch: The Dalmatian is a breed of dog that comes from Croatia. Watch a short introduction video about Croatia by Geography Now.

History

Children and Teenagers
Teach Passively: The reason Dalmatians are the mascot for firefighters is because “in the days of horse-drawn fire engines, dogs would guard the horses, who could easily become uncomfortable at the scene of a fire. Dalmatians were a popular breed for this job, due to their natural affinity to horses and history of being used as carriage dogs…” Read more about them on their Wikipedia article.

Psychology

Children and Teenagers
Teach Passively: Roger Radcliffe might be psychologically ill. He is a true to form hoarder and his apartment is a neglected mess. Despite his long hours at work, true artists do not live this way.

Values

Virtues

Toddlers and Children
Create a Teachable Moment. Compassion: After the two Dalmatians have their puppies stolen by villain Cruella de Vil they go on a long journey across the country to rescue them. They find helpers of all kinds on their trip – from dogs, cats, cows, a little boy and a weak, aged man. We need to look out for people in need in our own lives and offer what we can to help.

How else might important subject matter be learned from this interest topic? Comment below! Half-baked ideas are more than welcome, too.