My Favorite Lesson Plan: How The Flintstones Help Students Ace a History Test
I like my Flintstones lesson. We learn about the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age and early civilization.
They read about it in their book and we take notes and do a little lecture. But then I’ll pop in an episode of The Flintstones and I’ll have them watch it. Then I’ll get out a chart and have them say what things [they saw] on The Flintstones that would have been invented or discovered in the Old Stone Age. What things from the New Stone Age? What things from early civilization?
They wanted to know where the car fit in. “Well, that’s modern–if you want to put all the modern stuff on the back of the sheet, you can. But: the wheel, that was the New Stone Age. And fire, that was the Old Stone Age, when Fred was cooking the fish that Barney caught. And fishing: They did that in the Old Stone Age.” They go through and pick out all the things that they can. [Like] domesticated animals: “That Dino dog was a domesticated animal, and that was the New Stone Age.”
They get so excited. And it’s really fun for me because some of these kids have never seen The Flintstones. I give them a history of The Flintstones and the relationship to The Honeymooners, and how it was the first cartoon to be on prime time. They were way before The Simpsons. You can have them make connections in a different way.
They always ace the test on that part. Always.