Want to engage your students in new and exciting ways? Try creating or using lesson plans that center around movies or TV shows!
The following are some great films/TV shows for you to show in your classroom, with links to accompanying lesson plans.
- Inside Out is a critically-acclaimed animated movie about helping children understand and process their feelings.
- Finding Nemo is another animated film about a young fish (Nemo) who is captured in the Great Barrier Reef. These lesson plans focus on the scientific aspects of the movie.
- Food Inc. is an informative documentary that helps inform viewers about where their food actually comes from. This could be great for a health or environmental science class.
- TeachWithMovies.org: Do you want other ideas? This website is an excellent resource for teaching dozens of subjects with movie content. From English to Science, there’s something for every classroom.
- Netflix: Do you have a Netflix account? The site Raising Lifelong Learners lists their favorite Netflix shows that are adapted from books.
- Pixar Animation and Math: Khan Academy has an awesome math-based curriculum explaining how math factors into much of Pixar’s animation, including the grass in the movie Brave and the swarms of robots in WALL-E.
- Elf: Use the beloved Christmas classic to help students in speech therapy! Click here for the full post from The Dabbling Speechie.
- The Hunger Games: The New York Times’ Learning Network blog features a lesson plan that ties the study of genetically engineered organisms into the Hunger Games books and films.
- Frozen: For younger students, check out My Frugal Adventures’ list of activity sheets that correspond to the film.