Guide for Teachers
By Diann Kueny Rose, Educational Technologist

This guide overview recommends student activities for supplemental projects that support the curriculum for social studies, language arts/English, and visual and performing arts for grades 3-12 (to be adapted appropriately for each grade level). 

Please choose an area of study:

General Assignments
Social Studies
Language Arts/English
Visual and Performing Arts

General Assignments

Students can review the entire Web site individually or in groups. Discuss what they found on the site as a group activity. Create a time line or diagram of the events in Disney's life. Arrange students in groups or teams. Activities can be adapted for age-appropriate curriculum.


Social Studies

Objective: Students gather information on the assigned time period or other related topics and present their research collaboratively in an oral and written report to the whole class. Activities call on research as well as written and oral communication skills.

  • Create groups of three to six students. After the groups read all episodes together, assign each group a different episode. Students then can research their site, as well as other Web sites, library resources, and core textbooks, to gather information about the particular period depicted in the episode. Each group presents their research findings orally to the class. Elementary and middle school students can use ClarisWorks Slide Show and/or HyperStudio multimedia authoring software to present their report. Microsoft PowerPoint is recommended for high school students' multimedia projects.
  • Discuss what life was like for Americans in each period. Incorporate economic conditions of the times in the discussion.
  • Have students research their own family experiences during each time period.
  • Trace the development of the Walt Disney Company from its beginning to the present.


Language Arts/English

Objective: To improve reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, listening and speaking strategies, and written and oral English language conventions.

  • Have students write stories using each time period as settings.
  • Discuss and write about common careers in each time period.
  • Write an interview with Walt Disney in each time period.
  • Create a panel discussion on what influenced Walt Disney during each time period.
  • Write a newspaper article about Walt Disney in one of the time periods.
  • Write a narrative from Disney's children's point of view during the early years of Disney productions.
  • Write a story using 10 to 15 of the words listed in the Dictionary Section.
  • Create a poem about Disney and/or his characters.
  • Write an essay on the themes of Disney's movies and present orally with illustrations.
  • Study and discuss the first movies Disney made, and write different endings to each story.
  • Discuss Disney's vision of entertainment.
  • Do a man-on-the-street interview with Disney at the premiere of one of his new movies.
  • Create a crossword puzzle of Disney movie titles, characters, and dictionary words from the site.
  • Read and discuss the section called Walt's Thoughts. Write questions to Walt as if he were alive today. As a group, brainstorm how Walt would have answered these questions.
  • Have Fun!



Visual and Performing Arts

Objective: Students explore the characters and unique creativity of the Walt Disney Studios from the 1920s through the 1960s, and how they relate to today's motion pictures, animated features, and music.



  • Draw and animate pictures from Disney movies.
  • High school students, report on changes in music composition and development over the years as a reflection of each time period.
  • Research the development of animation in movies.
  • Elementary students, draw pictures of Disney characters and build mobiles to hang in the classroom.
  • Perform a play based on scenes from Disney movies.
  • Make one of Disney's cartoon characters a 21st-century character. Create a story about this character.
  • Write a song that is related to some aspect of the life, times, and contributions of Walt Disney.
  • Make an art collage of Disney movies from hand-drawn illustrations or electronic sources.
  • Working in groups, find recipes from each era and create a pot-luck Disney party.
  • Dress up as favorite characters and create an impromptu play.
  • Upper-grade students, develop a Web page about their favorite Disney movies, including information on the time period of the movie, production techniques, and other interesting facts related to the movie.
  • Trace the development of movie production from Disney's first movie to the present.



Source Walt Disney Family Museum