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Little Whovians
History Lesson 1

A companion plan for Traveling Through

History With Doctor Who
for Elementary Students

Amy Dutsch 2014
**Much of this lesson plan is a compilation of a variety of other resources. All
resources are linked and credited. Unless otherwise noted by link or credit, the words
and ideas are mine. However, education is always evolving and that doesnt mean I
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Lesson Plan and Episode Schedule

This lesson plan is intended to be used as a stand alone supplement for

younger children, or in conjunction with the Traveling Through History
with Doctor Who course for older students. The lesson/episode schedule is a
suggestion and can be modified. You should PREVIEW every episode if your
student hasnt seen it, especially younger students. Some episodes can be
SCARY! I personally suggest children younger than 3rd grade (8/9 years old)
do NOT watch the Doctor Who episodes, but every family is unique.

Lesson One: Pompeii and Volcanoes

Episode: Fires of Pompeii, Series 4, Ep 3
Lesson Two: Queen Victoria, British History, Werewolves in Literature
Episode:Tooth and Claw, Series 2, Ep 3
Lesson Three: Charles Dickens
Episode: The Unquiet Dead, Series 1 Ep 3
Lesson Four: William Shakespeare
Episode: The Shakespeare Code, Series 3, Ep 3
Lesson Five: WWII, London Blitz (Aircraft, Mapwork, Geography)
**Expanded Two Week Lesson**
Episodes: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances Series 1, Ep 9 & 10
Lesson Six: WWII, London Blitz (Aircraft, Mapwork, Geography)
Episodes: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances Series 1, Ep 9 & 10
Lesson Seven: Madame de Pompadour, French History, Eiffel Tower
Episode: The Girl in the Fireplace, Series 2, Ep 5
Lesson Eight: New York City, 1930s, skyscrapers
Episode: Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of Daleks Series 3, Ep 5&6
Lesson Nine: Queen Elizabeth II, British Monarchy, Dawn of TV
Episode: The Idiots Lantern, Series 2, Ep 8

Lesson Ten: Agatha Christie, Bees and Insects

Episode: Unicorn and the Wasp, Series 4, Ep 8
Lesson Eleven: Vincent Van Gogh
Episode: Vincent and the Doctor Series 5, Ep 10
Lesson Twelve: Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis
Episode: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Series 6, Ep 14

Lesson 1: Pompeii is a very sad historical event, and such a sudden death is
hard to grasp, so focusing on volcanoes in general may help. There is also a
cult of sort who worship a sort of woman, as was typical in Roman days.
Lesson 2: British history is interesting to me, but can be too much for young
students. Mapwork, flags, explaining the monarchy can help. This episode
also deals with werewolves (not really) but it can appear that way and be
scary or against your moral beliefs. Can be a scary and violent episode.
Lesson 3: Charles Dickens may not be controversial anymore, but this episode
does include dead coming back to life. (again, not exaaaactly). Again, can
be scary or against your morals.
Lesson 4: William Shakespeare makes some derogatory, now considered
racist remarks, and the episode involves witches (who are of course, not
exactly witches)
Lessons 5 & 6 War is a difficult subject and WWII is one of the hardest for us
to grasp, even as adults. It is perfectly fine to omit this lesson, or focus on the
geography that was important in that time period, the countries affected,
maps, flags, etc. You know your children best and how it will affect them.
Lesson 7 Involves Madame du Pompadour. She was the mistress of the King,
so again, use your discretion when discussing this episode. This is a very fun
episode however (horses on a spaceship!) but it also can be a scary one as the
spaceship runs on body parts and the robots want to steal her head.

Lesson 8: Daleks are just scary. They look silly but they are scary, to me at
least! This episode does involve the Great Depression, and as is in most every
episode, someone does die, but there is also true love and as always, the
Doctor wins!
Lesson 9: Its the year 1953, Queen Elizabeths coronation, so you could
discuss the British Monarchy, and the birth of the television age. This episode
does have a lovely alien whos stealing peoples faces, however.
Lesson 10: This is one of my favorite ones, because I love Agatha Christie. The
plot of this one will go over most young childrens heads but they may enjoy
the wasp and you can expand it into a lesson on insects and bees while the
older students learn about Agatha Christie.
Lesson 11: Van Gogh died due to a suicide, so be prepared for this topic. It also
touches on the topic of mental illness, including depression.
Lesson 12: This is one of my favorite Matt Smith episodes. Its based off The
Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, so it would be a wonderful asset to read
that story along with this episode. It is based at Christmas. Bonus, no one


Lesson One: Pompeii and


Due to the graphic nature of what occurred at Pompeii, you may wish to focus the
discussion for little ones solely on what volcanoes are and the science behind them. The
Doctor Who episode list is included but please use discretion and adapt these lessons as

What is a Volcano?

A volcano is a mountain that opens downward to a pool of molten rock below the
surface of the earth. When pressure builds up, eruptions occur. Gases and rock
shoot up through the opening and spill over or fill the air with lava fragments.
Eruptions can cause lateral blasts, lava flows, hot ash flows, mudslides,
avalanches, falling ash and floods. Volcano eruptions have been known to knock
down entire forests. An erupting volcano can trigger tsunamis, flash floods,
earthquakes, mudflows and rockfalls.

Credit: Weather Wiz Kids Volcano information page:


Little Whovian Activities:

Make a Volcano
Here is a super simple volcano activity from Happy Brown House.
Volcano Books
National Geographic Kids: Volcanoes!
Magic School Bus Blows Its Top!
Volcano Coloring Page and Worksheets

Art History: Just because your Whovian is little doesnt mean they cannot appreciate
the art from the age of Pompeii (79 A.D.) However, when looking up the art, keep in
mind there may be nudity or graphic scenes on any Art History website or in a
museum. Do take the time to preview any art from the time period.
This may be an appropriate piece to admire.