Updated On: April 21, 2020

The Avengers

Art & Design

Cultural Literacy

Children and Teenagers
Listen: When Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson (later to be Falcon) meet on their morning run, Steve asks for recommendations on getting caught up after his decades under ice. Sam says all he needs to know about is Marvin Gaye (American Soul singer).  Have a listen on Spotify and try to appreciate why Sam Wilson would make this recommendation.

Illustration

Children and Teenagers
Follow Instructions: Follow step-by-step illustration tutorials from How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way or from DrawingTutorials101.com for Nick Fury, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Ultron, Falcon, Vision, or others.

Language & Thinking

Learning to Read

Toddlers and Children
Read: Read5-Minute Avengers Stories. Synopsis: “This treasury stars old favorites (such asCaptain America and Iron Man) as well as new Avengers (Falcon and Vision). With a padded cover, and action-packed full-page and spot illustrations, Super Heroes’s adventures are the way to go before bedtime, on the go, or any time of day!”

Toddlers and Children
Read: Read 5-Minute Marvel Stories. Synopsis: “Each of these twelve stories is the perfect length for reading aloud in about five minutes, making great quick reads. This best-selling treasury not only contains old favorites with the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, but also new adventures with Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Miles Morales. With action-packed full-page and spot illustrations, these 5-minute Stories are perfect on the go or any time of day!”

Life & Home Skills

Personal Development

Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment: The Avengers exemplify the maxim that “iron sharpens iron.” Spending time with other people makes you stronger if they are at or beyond your level. Regular rocks don’t cut diamonds – diamonds do. Iron is not sharpened by tin or wood or gold. Iron sharpens those materials. Constructive activity can still happen with these materials but mostly to the extent of what the iron can do. It is only when there is other iron—or other people of similar caliber—that they can really engage in a mutually beneficial relationship. For the Avengers this is especially true. It’s not easy for Tony Stark to be humbled, but Captain America very effectively reduces his arrogance. Black Widow helps Captain America see and understand what the depth of darkness in the world. Clint Barton’s continued friendship and family values shows Natasha Romanoff that there is more to her than the assassin she was trained to be and there’s more to life to aspire to. Becoming friends with Tony helps reclusive Bruce Banner loosen and open up. The Avengers improve each other because they have qualities to offer each other.

Math

Early Math Skills

Children
Break Down: The damage to New York City in The Avengers’ battle with Loki and Chitauri invaders was estimated to be around $160 billion by the Kinetic Analysis Corp. Make an itemized list of the damages seen in the movie and try to break down how those damages might be calculated to get an idea for how much city infrastructure can really cost.

Science

Biology & Human Body

Children and Teenagers
Compare: Notice the hive mind intelligence that the Chitauri aliens operate on, subservient to Thanos. Compare that with the swarm intelligence of bees or ants.

Values

Virtues

Children and Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment. Unity: One dominating lesson of the Avengers is that a unified team can accomplish immeasurably more than an uncoordinated collection of individuals. Every movie makes it clear that their separate efforts would not succeed against the evil they fight, but only from their unified efforts covering for each other’s weaknesses and maximizing each other’s strengths are they able to succeed every time. Think about how this might apply to couples, families, partnerships, teams, and friends. The hard part is building unity, letting go of egos, and trusting one another.

Children and Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment. Teamwork: A core factor to the Avengers being unstoppable is their fundamental differences from one another. Any individual Avenger is almost completely different from the next and would have no reason to get together other than to fight for something greater than themselves. This is why disagreements are great so long as mutual respect stays intact. If they always thought the same way they would have less need for one another. You are much more likely to accomplish something truly great in the world if you partner with people who are fundamentally different than you are. When every member of a team serves a different purpose, the possibilities become immeasurably greater. Iron Man has the brains and financial resources, Captain America is the conscience, Hulk is the brute force, Bruce Banner contributes added science genius, Thor has power and immortality, Black Widow brings espionage capabilities, and they all have a role the others rely on in order to succeed.

Children and Teenagers
Create a Teachable Moment. Selflessness: There are examples in the Avengers series of people who were no match for the enemies and, yet, despite all the odds against themselves, they stood up to evil. In the first Avengers movie, Agent Coulson died standing up to Loki and so did the lone old man in Berlin standing up to Loki  and would have been killed if Iron Man hadn’t saved him. Live for higher causes that last and if you want your life to be about more than yourself.

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