10 Best Educational Movies on Netflix – School Closure ActivitiesMarch 20, 2020
10 Best Educational Movies on Netflix that are perfect for at home activities due to Corona Virus (COVID19) school closures. Even the most entertaining movies contain educational nuggets that are overlooked and forgotten unless kids are prompted with thought provoking questions. K12MovieGuides has thoughtfully created PDF movie guides to accompany films that engage children and encourage critical thinking about concepts, characters and their behaviors throughout the film. Print the PDF files and use good old fashioned pencil and paper, or use the digital files and a PDF editor app to input answers.
Each one of these 10 Best Educational Movies on Netflix movie guides consists of 10 – 12 high-level, short answer and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information. Click on each movie guide below to see additional information and sample questions.
Note: As of March 2020 the following movies are all on Netflix in the USA, however, you may want to check first if you choose to purchase any of these movie guides as Netflix rotates their content.
In order to keep providing quality educational content, the following movie guides are paid content, however, I recommend trying out some K12MovieGuides for free before purchase. Click here to check out free movie guides and resources.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (PG – 2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Guide | Worksheet (PG – 2018) challenges students to connect with the characters and think like a director. Ask students to compare their relationship with their parents to Miles and his father and explore how expectations can affect someone’s performance. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
KLAUS (PG – 2019)
The Klaus Movie Guide | Questions (PG – 2019) challenges students to take a fresh, critical look at the meaning of Christmas. Explore how Jesper’s perspective of life changes through his relationship with Klaus and the transformation of Smeerensburg. Ask students to think like a director and determine how the imagery during The Woodsman’s opening scene affects viewers. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
A WRINKLE IN TIME (PG – 2018)
A Wrinkle in Time Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2018) challenges students to analyze and learn life lessons from Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 classic novel. Explore how and why the characters treat each other the way they do and encourage students to put themselves into the characters shoes and make their own decisions. Ask students to pick one of the many great quotes throughout the movie and apply it to their lives. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (PG – 2018)
Ralph Breaks the Internet Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2018) is a fantastic tool to teach your students about insecurity and friendship. Challenge students to identify and fix negative feelings that can hurt their friendships. Ask students to relate their own experiences on the internet to what Ralph and Vanellope experience throughout the movie, such as receiving negative comments and dealing with pop-up ads. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
THE BREADWINNER (PG13 – 2017)
The Breadwinner Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG13 – 2017) helps students get the most out of this eye opening movie that follows a young Afghan girl, Parvana, as she struggles to help her family survive in Afghanistan in 2001. Challenge students to think critically about the freedoms they enjoy that people in Parvana’s country do not. Explore the historical context of the film in regard to the Soviet-Afghan war and Islamic Law under the Taliban. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
TARZAN (G – 1999)
This Tarzan Movie Guide (G – 1999) turns this fun, entertaining, crowd-pleaser into an educational experience. It is great for class parties or a substitute lesson plan. It is suitable for very young ages since it is rated G but will keep the attention of upper elementary students. Explore with your students to think critically about the tough decisions that Tarzan and Jane make about their lives. Challenge your students to learn from the struggle that Tarzan goes through because he is different. The movie guide consists of 11 high-level, short answer and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (PG – 2019)
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2019) challenges students to connect with the characters and analyze their decisions. Explore the concepts of parenting and whether or not Liam should be exposed to danger. Examine Rooster as a role model compared to the modern role models of your students. Finally, ask students to explain in their own words Max’s life advice about either running from, or running at, the challenges life puts in your path. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS (PG – 2018)
Mary Poppins Returns Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2018) challenges students to analyze the fantastic songs in this film and connect their own experiences to the characters and their lives. Learn about the joys of reading, dealing with loss and keeping a positive perspective as students engage with the content in this whimsical imaginative film. Ask students to put themselves in the shoes of either John or Anabel and think about who would best represent each of the characters in the movie from their own lives. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (PG – 2000)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is an entertaining movie that teaches an important lesson about how Christmas can become just about shopping and gifts. Take full advantage of the learning opportunities in this film with this movie guide. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
THE LITTLE PRINCE (PG – 2015)
The Little Prince Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2015) takes students on a life journey of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1943 novella of the same name. The original title of this film is Le Petit Prince. Challenge students to think about the strange, creative world that the Little Prince lives in and how it compares to the Little Girl’s world of life plans and studying. Explore the lessons that can be learned from this film about staying curious and keeping your imagination aroused. Ask students to write a letter to themselves as an adult that would serve as a reminder of these lessons. Check out and download the educational movie guide for kids here.
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