LESSON PLANS BASED ON SHORTS AND
ON CLIPS FROM FILM, MOVIES AND VIDEO

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

Health | English Language Arts & Literature | Mathematics | Music | Science:Biology
Science:Earth | Science:Physics | Science:Chemistry | Science:Inventions | US History & Culture | World History & Cultures


Each Lesson Plan on this Index uses a short subject, clip or snippet which is 40 minutes or less.
The suggested ages for the Snippet Lesson Plan are shown in brackets.

 

HEALTH

The Psychology of Bullies — Using a Film Clip from 17 Again [14+; snippet: 4 minutes, 15 seconds; lesson: 30 minutes]

 

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

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS & DRAMA

The Child Savior Myth and Literary Archetypes - An Introduction using a Film Clip from Man on Fire [14+; snippet: 22 minutes; lesson: one class period.]

Analysis and Explication of Poetry using a Film Clip from In Her Shoes [15+; snippet: 10 minutes; lesson: two class periods plus time to write a concluding essay]

The Expository Phase Using a Film Clip from High Noon ELA: Expository Phase [12+; snippet: 15 minutes, 20 seconds; lesson: one to two class periods]

Determining Theme using a Film Clip from Pink Floyd: The Wall [10+; snippet: Fifteen minutes, Lesson: three 45 - 55 minute class periods]

Introducing the Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Using Film Clips from The Simpsons (The Raven) and The Ladykillers (To Helen) [14+; snippets: 8 minutes; lesson: from one to three 45 - 55 minute classes, depending on the assignments given]

Use of Acting Technique to Describe Character in Shakespearian and Other Plays using Film Clips from Stage Beauty [14+; snippet: 18 minutes; lesson: one and one-half class periods]

 

Introduction to Romeo and Juliet Using a Film Clip from Shakespeare in Love [14+; snippet: 40 minutes; lesson: One and one-half to two 45 - 50 minute class periods]

Foreshadowing and Characterization Using A Clip from Thelma and Louise [14+; snippet: 40 minutes; lesson: One and one-half to two 45 - 50 minute class periods]

Deriving Theme Using the Fishing Scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest [12+; snippet: 14 minutes; lesson: one 45 - 55 minute class period]

Comparing Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" with the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" [14+; snippet: 8 minutes; lesson: one 45 - 55 minute class period]

MATHEMATICS

The Wonders of Mathematics and Its Origins in Greece: including Golden Rectangles, the Fibonacci Sequence; harmonics and more using Donald in Mathmagic Land [7+; short subject lasting 21 minutes]

 

Powers of Ten — Exponents, Scientific Notation, and Numeral Systems (Math and Science & Technology) [12+: middle and high school levels; Film Clip: 9 minutes; Lesson: not applicable the film clips and supplemental materials presented in this Snippet Lesson Plan are designed to supplement teachers' existing lesson plans on the topics covered.]

MUSIC

Introduction to the Orchestra using The Bolero [9+; short subject lasting 26 minutes]

 

American Music using The Music and Heroes of America -- from the series This is America Charlie Brown (U.S./1865 - 1913; Music) [8 - 11; short subject lasting 25 minutes]

SCIENCE: BIOLOGY

Ant Behaviors using a Film Clip from Microcosmos [5+; snippet: 12 minutes; lesson: one class period.]

Avian Migration Using a Film Clip from Winged Migration [12+; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: one class period]

Evolution Using Film Clips from The Time Machine (Science/Biology; Science-fiction) [13+ Middle School and High School; snippet: 9 minutes; lesson: two class periods]

 

Mosquito Emerging from Pupal Sack Using a Film Clip from Microcosmos [10+; snippet: 4 minutes; lesson: 25 minutes.]

Symbiosis and Predation using a Film Clips from Microcosmos [5+; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: one class period. .]

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

SCIENCE: EARTH SCIENCE

The Arctic and Antarctica using Film Clips from Planet Earth [10+; snippet: 40 minutes, 30 seconds; Lesson: One and one-half 45 - 55 minute class periods]

Caves and Extremophiles using a Film Clip from Planet Earth Science/Earth Science (Caves & Extremophiles) [10+; snippet: 16 minutes, 15 seconds; lesson: 40 minutes]

 

Deep Ocean Dwellers Using a Film Clip from Planet Earth [10+; snippet: 26 minutes; Lesson: One 45 to 55 minute class period]

Volcanoes and Tectonic Plates Using Film Clips from Volcano [10 - 13; snippet: 20 minutes in three segments; Lesson: two 45 to 55 minute class periods]

SCIENCE: INVENTIONS

The Great Age of American Inventors using The Great Inventors -- from the series "This is America Charlie Brown" (U.S./1865 - 1913; Science - Technology) [8 - 11; short subject lasting 24 minutes]

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

 

The Inventions of Ben Franklin using Ben and Me - Guide to Talking and Playing for Growth (U.S./1750 - 1812; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [5 - 8; short subject lasting 27 minutes]

SCIENCE: ASTRONOMY

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]

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]

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

 

Interstellar and Intergalactic Distances 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.]

Spiderman 2 Snippet Lesson Plan for Thermonuclear Reactions in the Sun and As a Source of Unlimited Energy for Mankind (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]

SCIENCE: PHYSICS

Antimatter using Film Clips from Angels & Demons [14+; snippet: 6 to 6 1/2 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]

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 (Science & Technology/Physics) [10+; late elementary to high school; Film Clips: one minute and five seconds, in two segments; three additional optional segments total about 50 seconds; Lesson: Adds 30 minutes to a class in which the phenomenon of optical refraction is introduced.]

 

Harmonic Motion (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.]

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]

SCIENCE: CHEMISTRY

Surface Tension and Molecular Bonds (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.]

U.S. HISTORY AND CULTURE

Benjamin Franklin using Ben and Me - Guide to Talking and Playing for Growth (U.S./1750 - 1812; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [5 - 8; short subject lasting 27 minutes]

Civil Rights Movement - The Nashville Sit-ins using A Force More Powerful [ages 12+; snippet 25 minutes; lesson: two class periods]

 

The Constitutional Convention using Birth of the Constitution -- from the series This is America Charlie Brown (U.S./Creating the Nation; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [9 - 12; short subject lasting 24 minutes]

The Transcontinental Railroad using The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad -- from the series "This is America Charlie Brown" (U.S./1865 - 1913) [8 - 11; short subject lasting 24 minutes]

WORLD HISTORY AND CULTURES

Non-violence and the Indian Independence Movement using A Force More Powerful [12+; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: one to two class periods.]

 



Each Lesson Plan on this Index uses a short subject, clip or snippet which is 40 minutes or less. The suggested ages for the Snippet Lesson Plan are shown in brackets.