Create Lesson Plans in Science and Technology
from 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. Topics 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.


A.   Science and Scientific Discoveries -- Lesson Plans and Learning Guides

Lesson Plans:

Scientific Method

The Development of Lorenzo's Oil, Strange Twists of Fate, and the Scientific Method — a mental exercise in applying the scientific method and developing hypotheses in a real world situation — Middle School/Jr. High and High School Science, with particular relevance to Biology;

Robot Ethics — Snippet Lesson Plan using film clips from Robot and Frank [12+ — Middle School/Jr. High and High School Levels; Snippets15 minutes]

 

Exponents, Scientific Notation, and Numeral Systems — Snippet Lesson Plan using the short subject Powers of Ten or using film clips from Cosmic 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.]



Astronomy

Black Holes — Snippet Lesson Plan using a film clip from Star Trek (Science & Technology/Astronomy) [13+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 9.5 minutes]

Historical Evolution of Views About the Solar System and the Retrograde Motion of Mars — Snippet Lesson Plan Using Film Clips from Agora and Internet Animations (Science & Technology/Astronomy) [12+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 8 minutes]

Interstellar and Intergalactic Distances — Snippet Lesson Plan using film clips from Cosmic Voyage (Science & Technology; Astronomy) [10+: middle and high school levels; Film Clip: approximately 12 minutes or a shorter clip of approximately five minutes will also work; Lesson: one 50 minute class period.]

 

Thermonuclear Reactions in the Sun and As a Source of Unlimited Energy for Mankind — Snippet Lesson Plan using film clips from Spiderman 2 (Science & Technology/Astronomy; the Environment; Science Fiction) [12+: Middle School Level; Snippet: approximately eight and 1/4 minutes in two segments. Lesson: approximately 30 minutes]

Total Solar Eclipse — Snippet Lesson Plan using a film clip from Dolores Claiborne (Science & Technology/Astronomy) [10+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 1 minute, 35 seconds; lesson: adds 15 minutes to a lesson on total solar eclipse]



Physics

Electromagnetic Waves, Induction, Capacitance and Antennae — Snippet Lesson Plan Using a Film Clip from Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (Science & Technology/Physics; Music) [12+; Middle and High School Level; film clip 6.5 minutes]

Antimatter — Snippet Lesson Plan Using a Film Clip from Angels & Demons (Science & Technology/Physics) [14+; High School Level; film clip 9.5 minutes]

Inertial Forces (Newton's First Law of Motion, the Centrifugal Force & Artificial Gravity) Using Clips from 2001: A Space Odyssey [12+; snippets: three clips of approximately 9 minutes]

Harmonic Motion — Snippet Lesson Plan using film clips from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Science & Technology/Physics harmonic motion) [10+; late elementary to high school; film clips: Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End: three minutes 30 seconds; Tacoma Bridge Collapse Video on YouTube: four minutes 13 seconds. lesson: Playing the snippets and discussing the examples of harmonic motion described in the Helpful Background section will take about 40 minutes.]

 

Snippet Lesson Plan on Parallel Universes Using Film Clips from The One (Physics) [12+; snippets: two clips of less than 11 minutes]

Refraction and the Green Flash — Snippet Lesson Plan using film clips from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Science & Technology/Physics) [10+; late elementary to high school; Film Clips: one minute and five seconds, in two segments; three additional optional segments; Lesson: Adds 30 minutes to a class in which the phenomenon of optical refraction is introduced.]



Biology

Evolution — Snippet Lesson Plan using film clips from The Time Machine (Science/Biology; Science-fiction) [13+ Middle School and High School; snippet: 9 minutes; lesson: two class periods]

Migration, Nomadism and Dormancy Lesson Plan using a film clip from Winged Migration (Science; the Environment) [12+]

Complex and Cooperative Ant Behaviors — Snippet Lesson Plan using film clips from Microcosmos (Science-Biology) [5+; grades K - 12; snippet: 4 minutes; lesson: 30 minutes]

Viruses and the Speed of Evolution Using The Relic [14+; snippet: 3 minutes; lesson: 30 minutes.]

 

Symbiosis and Predation in the World of Insects — Snippet Lesson Plan using "Microcosmos" [5+; grades K - 12; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: one class period]

Symbiosis and Predation in the World of Insects — Set-up-the-Sub Lesson Plan using "Microcosmos" [5+; grades K - 12; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: one class period]

Mosquito Emerging from Pupal Sack — Snippet Lesson Plan using a film clip from Microcosmos (Science-Biology) using "Microcosmos" [10+; snippet: 4 minutes; lesson: 25 minutes]

Predicting Combinations for Alleles in a Zygote Using Punnett Squares — Snippet Lesson Plan based on "Lorenzo's Oil" -- Middle School/Jr. High and High School Biology;



Chemistry

How Does Soap Clean? -- a lesson plan illustrating several different types of atomic and intermolecular bonding -- Middle School/Jr. High and High School Chemistry;

Surface Tension and Molecular Bonds — using a film clip from Microcosmos (Science/Chemistry; molecules; surface tension) [10+; middle school and high school; snippet: 7 minutes (in three segments); lesson: the clips and related discussion will add about fifteen minutes to existing lesson plans.]

 

Oxidation-Reduction Reactions (Redox) Using a Film Clip from Daylight (Science/Chemistry; Oxidation-Reduction Reactions (Redox)) [12+; middle school and high school; snippet: 3 minutes from Daylight and two YouTube sequences; lesson: One 45 to 55 minute class period.]



Earth Science

The Arctic and Antarctica — using a film clip from Planet Earth — Snippet Lesson Plan [10+; snippet: 40 minutes, 30 seconds; Lesson: One and one-half 45 - 55 minute class periods]

Caves and Extremophiles — Snippet Lesson Plan using a film clip from Planet Earth [10+; snippet: 16 minutes, 15 seconds; lesson: 40 minutes]

 

Deep Ocean Dwellers — Snippet Lesson Plan using a film clip from Planet Earth [10+; snippet: 26 minutes; Lesson: One 45 to 55 minute class period]

Volcanoes and Tectonic Plates — Snippet Lesson Plan using a film clip from Volcano [10 - 13; snippet: 20 minutes in three segments; Lesson: two 45 to 55 minute class periods]



Learning Guides from Which Lesson Plans in Science Can Be Easily Created:

Astronomy

Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants    (Biography; Science-Technology; World/Italy & the Renaissance; SEL: Brothers; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [8 - 13]

 


Biology

"Antz" and "A Bug's Life" (Science-Technology; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect, Responsibility) [9-12]

Contagion (Health; Medicine; Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 - present; World/Asia; SEL: Courage; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]

Charlotte's Web (Science -- Biology; SEL: Caring for Animals; Friendship; Grieving; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [5 - 10]

Finding Nemo (Marine Biology (Science/Technology); SEL: Father/Son; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Respect) [9-12]

Fly Away Home (Health (Grieving); ELA: theme, characterization, back story, allusion, complication; Science(Biology); the Environment; World/Canada; SEL: Grieving; Parenting; Father/Daughter; Caring for Animals; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [10+]

 

Gorillas in the Mist (The Environment; Science-Technology; World/Africa; SEL --- Caring for Animals; Courage; Human Rights; Romantic Relationships; Ethical Emphasis --- Trustworthiness; Respect; Citizenship) [13+]

The Lion King (The Environment; Science/Technology; SEL: Grieving; Redemption; Friendship; Ambition, Running Away; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility) [8 - 11]

March of the Penguins (Science; the Environment; World/Antarctica; SEL: Caring for Animals) [10+]

Never Cry Wolf (Science-Technology, The Environment; U.S./1945 - 1991; Alaska; SEL: Caring for Animals; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [10+]

Outbreak — Snippet Lesson Plan on the Spread of Viral Infection Using Film Clips from Outbreak (Health; Science-Technology (Biology)) [14+]

Viruses and the Speed of Evolution Using The Relic [14+; snippet: 3 minutes; lesson: 30 minutes.]

Winged Migration (Science; the Environment; SEL: Caring for Animals) [12+]



Physics

Einstein: Light to the Power of 2    (Biography; Science-Technology; U.S./1945 - 1991 & Diversity; SEL: Self-esteem; Education; Families in Crisis; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [8 - 13]

Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants    (Biography; Science-Technology; World/Italy & the Renaissance; SEL: Brothers; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [8 - 13]

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

 

Madame Curie (Biography; Science-Technology; World/France; SEL: Female Role Model; Grieving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [10+]

Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye    (Biography; World/France & WW I; Medicine; Science-Technology; SEL: Female Role Model; Mother/Daughter; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [8 - 12]



B.   Technology and Applied Science Lesson Plans

Learning Guides from Which Lesson Plans in Technology
and Applied Science Can Be Easily Created:


The African Queen (Science-Technology; World/WW I & Africa; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [10+]

Around the World in 80 Days (Science-Technology; World/England; SEL: Gambling Addiction; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility, Respect, Fairness) [8 - 13]

Edison: The Wizard of Light    (Science-Technology; U.S./1865 - 1929; Cinema; Biography; SEL: Talent; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Citizenship) [8 - 13]

Fat Man and Little Boy (U.S./1941 - 1945 & New Mexico; Science-Technology; SEL: Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

The Great Inventors -- Short Subject    -- from the series "This is America Charlie Brown" (U.S./1865 - 1913) [8 - 11; 24 minutes]

 

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight    (Biography; World/Italy & the Renaissance; Science-Technology; Aviation; SEL: Talent; Friendship; Mother/Son; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [8 - 11]

October Sky (Aviation & Space Exploration; U.S./1945 - 1991 & West Virginia; Science-Technology; SEL: Parenting; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Breaking Out; Friendship;Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [10+]

The Swiss Family Robinson (Literature; World/Indonesia; Science-Technology; SEL: Families in Crisis; Brothers; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [6 - 12]

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Science-Technology; World/Mexico; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness) [12+] (Some dialogue is in Spanish)

Tucker: The Man and His Dream (U.S./1945-1991; Science-Technology; Char. Dev: Ambition; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Fairness) [10+]






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