A Sound of Thunder: The Butterfly Effect.
reading ofRay Badbruy’s “A
Sound of Thunder” students predict the ending at various points in the story. These predictions become the basis for a
creative writing assignment where they rewrite the ending to create a different
reality for Ravis and Eckels
to return to. A discussion also occurs
involving the time travel and the ideas and problems associated with fooling around
with nature and science.
this lesson teaches students to think outside the box about cause and
effect. They are at an age where they
are just starting to understand that actions have far reaching consequences and
this lesson really allows them to look at consequences from a different
perspective. They can look at how small
changes can create chaos. I think the
time travel also allows students to examine the role of science in our
society. By discussing whether or not we
should time travel maybe examining the deeper questions how man should
manipulate, use science in our lives.
predict the ending of “A Sound of Thunder”
3 clues to the ending of the “A Sound of Thunder”
how time travel works in the story
the Butterfly Effect
- Show a
small clip from “Back to the Future” scene describing the perils of time
the movie, as a class create a list of time travel knowledge. (What happens when you travel? What’s different when you come back?)
reading “A Sound of Thunder”
- NOTE: During the story stop to have student
jot down their predictions about what will happen in the story. Using both the list we created and the
story have them predict what will happen
next. Ex. First have them predict what the sound
is. Right before they head off ask: Will they kill the dinosaur? Will they survive?
the students have a chance to write down their predictions have one or
two share with the class.
about the butterfly effect. Perhaps
show the scene in Jurassic
Park about the effect. (After you read the paragraph where
Travis explains the butterfly effect)
Ask the class to predict what would happen if in the story they
killed the wrong t-rex? (ONLY IF IN NEED OF TIME otherwise can occur in
homework (see assignment section)
of the story. (10 min)
student’s predictions. How close
were they? Did anybody nail
it? How did you formulate your
predictions? What clues in the
story helped you guess what would happen?
Is anyone’s story better than this one?
you ever want to travel into the future?
In the past? Where, when
and why? Who would you want to
talk to if you could?
at the characters (rehearsed in responding to question 2 in homework)
the effects of time travel. In the
story, in the movies, in the Simpson’s episode. What is the message about time
travel? Good/bad? What can we learn through time
the butterfly effect (perhaps if didn’t have time yesterday, lecture on
the butterfly effect and do the Jurassic Park
clip) and how small changes create chaos?
The different possibilities shown in Simpson Tree House of Terror
5. IF the kids have seen it talk
about the different world created.
we could, should we time travel?
Do you think it would be a good idea? What would happen?
the assignment: rewrite the end of
the story. Start your story with
1999. 2000. 2055. The Machine
Stopped. What happens now? Use your predictions from yesterday as a
starting point. Explain how the
single butterfly’s death progressed to the world you’ve created.
the students to write. If students
begin to finish, have them find a partner and read each others
One: Have the students write a small
paragraph answering questions 2,
and 5 on page 693 of their textbooks.
Two: Complete their creative rewriting
of the end of the story.
will use their predictions to rewrite the ending of “A Sound of Thunder”
will discuss the foreshadowing as they/write discuss their predictions.
will illustrate the butterfly effect by describing how 1 dead butterfly
to the world they are creating.