Supplement Lesson Plans in
Mathematics Using Movies and Film

Full Length Movies — Short Subjects — Movie Clips — Film Clips — Video Clips — Snippets

    Suggested ages are in brackets at the end of each entry. Topcs relating to Social Emotional Learning appear after the term "SEL." Moral-Ethical Emphasis is a reference to Character Counts' Six Pillars of Character.

    The terms "snippet," "film clip," "movie clip," and "video clip" refer to a movie segment which is less than 40 minutes in length. "Short subjects" are complete movies which are also 40 minutes or less.

    Donald in Mathmagic Land -- Short Subject    (Mathematics; World/Greece; Music) [7+; 27 minutes]

    Contact (Religions/Judeo-Christian; Science Fiction; Aviation & Space Exploration; Mathematics; SEL: Grieving; Father/Daughter; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [12+]

    Isaac Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs    (Biography; Science-Technology; World/England & Enlightenment; Mathematics; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Talent) [8-13]

    Hidden Figures (U.S. 1940 - 1991, Diversity, and Virginia; Mathematics; Science-Technology;; Cinema; SEL: Courage; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]


    Exponents, Scientific Notation, and Numeral Systems — Snippet Lesson Plan from Powers of Ten or Cosmis Voyage (Math and Science & Technology) [12+: middle and high school levels; Film Clip: 9 minutes; Lesson: not applicable clips and supplemental materials designed to supplement teachers' existing lesson plans.]

    Stand and Deliver (U.S./1941 - 1996, Diversity & California; Mathematics; ELA; SEL: Male Role Model; Self-esteem; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils and irony] Learning Guides are designed to assist teachers in creating lesson plans. Each Learning Guide contains sections on Helpful Background, Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Discussion Questions, and Assignments.

    Snippet Lesson Plans are made from short subjects or from "film clips," "movie clips," or "video clips." The video segments of these lesson plans are ideal for classroom use because they are less than 40 minutes long.

    Movies and films make the events they portray come alive. helps teachers create lesson plans using movies to interest children in math and to illustrate mathematical concepts.

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