Lesson Web Links 11-15

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What I Need To Know About Disney

Lesson 11-Special Effects

How Did They Do That?

Web Tool To Explore: Creativity – Special Effects School- Gnomon


What are the Coolest Special Effects In Walt Disney World?

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Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game | Walt Disney World

How Did They Do That? 

How they do it: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game | Walt Disney World

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BBOiT_Y-mA

Enchanted Tales With Belle

Disney always does storytelling with emotion and feeling. Walk into Maurice’s cottage to help Belle tell the story of Beauty and The Beast. Amazing how you enter through a magic mirror and how the guests interact with the enchanted Wardrobe and Lumiere!

Enchanted Tales With Lumiere, Madame & Belle | Walt Disney World 

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Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Great example of an interactive and immersive 4D show. The visual effects combine all your favorite Disney characters and songs. A magical flying carpet takes you on a magical tour with Mickey and all his musical friends!

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2zA9S_kJ0A

Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor

As you leave this attraction you will say, “How did they do that”? Disney knows how to involve guests and provide complete interactivity. Mike Wasowski plays the MC in an immersive and interactive comedy show where the audience plays the biggest part. But…do you really want to be “That Guy”? The monsters are totally LIVE! Before the show you can text in their own jokes to appear on the show! 

NEW SHOW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnPHCsfC_m0

How Did They Do that?  

Special Effects Used Within the Haunted Mansion 

Walt Disney World Hints: Thank you to Terri  Miller for permission to share and re-print this article.

Terri is the owner, creator and an author for WDW Hints. She enjoys taking less-traveled paths of WDW and sharing her lesser-known discoveries with you! https://www.wdwhints.com/

NEW LINK: https://www.wdwhints.com/2012/07/special-effects-used-within-the-haunted-mansion/

Walt Disney World Hints: Thank you to Terri Miller for permission to share and re-print the above article. Terri is owner, creator and an author for WDW Hints. She enjoys taking less-traveled paths of WDW and sharing her lesser-known discoveries with you! https://www.wdwhints.com/

Engineering Magic: Keeping Rides Safe: The Critical Piece 

To get insight, we spoke to Steve Alcorn, Disney's first Systems Engineer. He shared a few behind-the-scenes information on how theme park rides are kept safe. 

NEW LINK: https://www.bettercloud.com/monitor/engineering-magic-the-tech-secrets-behind-theme-parks/

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Activity 1 – Real World Math

Math in Special Effects: Introduction

NEW LINK: https://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/video/math-in-special-effects-introduction/243/

Jeremy Chernick from J&M Special Effects sets up a challenge about lighting for high-speed effects.

Math in Special Effects: Take the challenge

Use light probe readings to figure out the mathematical relationship between intensity and distance.

NEW LINK: https://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/interactives/math-in-special-effects-take-the-challenge/242/

Math in Special Effects: Try other special effects challenges

Learn how a setting called an f-stop affects the amount of light coming through a camera lens.

NEW LINK: https://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/interactives/math-in-special-effects-try-other-special-effects-challengesher-special-effects-challenges/240/

Activity 3: Special Effects - PBS

NEW LINK: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/specialfx/fxguide/fxtg.html

The SPECIAL EFFECTS activities are structured around a thematic framework based on science content. For upper elementary and middle school-age learners, the concepts underlying each activity are expressed at a stage that is developmentally appropriate to them. The focus of elementary school-age students is on observable features and actions that invite exploration as a means to a concrete understanding of scientific discipline.

Students in grades 5 through 8 learn best when given the opportunity doing science that applies to the real world applications. 

NEW LINK: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/specialfx/fxguide/fxuemore.html

What I Need To Know About Disney

Lesson 12-SURPRISE!!! We Are Going To Walt Disney World

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Flying on a plane the first time

Flight 1: 

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aACIXzjqCs0

Flight 2: 

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuDQGuKLCOg

Magic Kingdom Tour and Overview | Walt Disney World (16min)

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Story: Mom and Dad just told you about your trip to Orlando, Florida and you are staying six nights and will allow two additional days for travel. Explore travel options, airline tickets, car rental, gas, costs, time, hotels, dining, Disney resort hotels, park tickets and entertainment.

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Lesson 13 Walking Down Main Street 

Video/Web/YouTube Links: 

Video: Walking into the Magic Kingdom & Down Main Street USA to Cinderella Castle (HD) 

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9hP7vsOFmI


360 Degree Walk Down Main Street USA at Disney's Magic Kingdom 

NEW LINK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyb-HYpBINc

Web Tool To Explore: Slide Show Creator – Kizoa https://www.kizoa.com/

Lesson 14 Walt Disney World Railroad 

Web Tool To Explore: MapMaker – Animaps http://www.animaps.com/

Walt Disney’s "Behind The Magic Of Our Steam Trains" Tour 

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Activity 1.  Connecting Railroads and the Making of Modern America 

... Research the growth of railroads, and steam engines from 1850 to 1900. Research the dynamics of the American West, immigrants, mobility, railroads, slavery, and the transcontinental railroad.

NEW LINK: http://railroads.unl.edu/teaching/ideas.php

Activity 2. There's a Train a-Comin' - The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad

In "Passage to India," Walt Whitman sings in wonderment at the sight of the Transcontinental Railroad. Envisioning himself a passenger, he hears the echoes of the whistle "reverberate through the grandest scenery in the world." The train brings Whitman to the mountains, plains, deserts and forests, whose images he uses to create a romantic portrait of the West that feels eternal.

What the Transcontinental Railroad actually brought was change.

NEW LINK: https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans/150th-anniversary-impact-transcontinental-railroad

Activity 3. 

Discuss with the class, background information on railroads and the West. 

Suggested resources are located here: American Memory. Use the topic, Railroads in the Late 19th Century.  

NEW LINK: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/riseind/railroad/

Activity 5: Read a train schedule since 1881. How would you get from San Diego to Washington DC on a train?

1881 "Overland Route" Timetable & Transcontinental Railroad Map ...

NEW LINK: http://www.cprr.org/Museum/Ephemera/CP-UP_Timetable_1881/index.html

Activity 6

To emphasize the entry of new states into the Union after the growth of the railroads, students could use instead—or additionally, for comparison purposes—a map of the United States in 1880, available through a link from the EDSITEment-reviewed New Perspectives on The West. If desired, compare the 1880 map to a map from 1900 to demonstrate how many states were admitted to the Union in the interim.

If desired, have students compare contemporary train routes with those of 1880:

EDSITEment resource Web Link: 

NEW LINK: http://cprr.org/Museum/Ephemera/CP-UP_Timetable_1881/index.html

Transcontinental Railroad Lines, 1880s, a link from the The Internet Public Library. This map shows clearly the many connections from Chicago and other points in the East to points in the West, little more than 10 years after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Activity 7 

I Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad

... What were the advantages of railroad travel? Who used the railroads, and why? Who built the railroad? Help your class make connections between the arrival of the railroads and many of the changes occurring in the United States and its ...

Lesson 15-Main Street Vehicles 

Vehicles on Walt Disney World Main Street

Magic Kingdom Main Street Vehicle

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io6Y3XOOTz0

Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom from the Omnibus - Walt Disney World

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thEBBj_JMQM

Main Street Vehicles - Horseless Carriage

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Main Street trolley show using Fire truck 

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qvbeBz7Kws

Web Tool To Explore: Digital Tools – Buncee https://www.edu.buncee.com/

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Activity 1

Create an Infographic or a Glog on Transportation of the “Turn Of The Century Vehicles”

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Infographic Maker Guide: 20 Cool Infographic Creator Tools That Will ...


Canva https://www.canva.com/

Smore http://www.smore.com/ 

Venngage https://venngage.com/

Activity 2:  Tell Me A Story about My Town

Sample project here:

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Activity 3:  Our Town  Look over the lyrics to the song

Our Town- [Thanks to gjcoram@yahoo.com for lyrics]

Upload the photos to Kizoa Slide Creater LINK: https://www.kizoa.com/

Sample project here: Our Town 

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