movie City of Ember

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For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights.  But Ember’s once powerful generator is failing . . . and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker.  Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city’s existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.

Directed by: Gil Kenan

Produced by: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Steven Shareshian

Executive Produced by: John D. Schofield, Diana Choi Sachs

Written by: Caroline Thompson

Rating: PG

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox

Unlock the clues and solve the mystery! This guide combines the fun and mystery of the new film City of Ember with standards-based activities. Learn about navigation, decode messages, power generation, and life underground.
  • Welcome To Ember Educators Guide - Get acquainted with City of Ember! The welcome pages include information on the Books of Ember, national standards information, and a letter from author Jeanne DuPrau.
  • City of Ember Let There Be Light - Activities introduce students to how light bulbs and electrical circuits work – and help them to create their
  • City of Ember Blackout! - The people of Ember live in intermittent darkness, with the lights threatening to go out forever. In this activity, students learn about a real blackout and are invited to write their own “blackout survivor blog,” putting themselves in the shoes of a regular person on the day the lights went out.
  • City of Ember Navigating Ember - Using clues from the book, students navigate a map of Ember to steer Lina to her sister, Poppy.
  • City of Ember Living Underground - Could people really live underground? After learning about real-life “underground cities,” students are invited to design their own underground city, tackling both traditional city planning challenges and those that come from building in a place with no naturally occurring fresh air or sunlight.
  • City of Ember Building Ember - How do skyscrapers stay up at those heights? In this activity, students learn and use basic principles of physics to construct their own towers – out of spaghetti and marshmallows!
  • City of Ember Power For Ember - Ember is powered by a hydropower generator. In this activity, students learn about converting water to electrical energy and build their own small generator.
  • City of Ember Secret Messages - Lina works to decipher secret message she finds. In this activity, students are introduced to cryptography, using what they learn to create and read coded messages.
  • City of Ember Time Capsules - The city of Ember has existed, relatively unchanged, for more than 200 years. What would our world look like to an observer 200 years in the future? Students will learn about the evolution and purpose of time capsules before creating their own.

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