10 Best Educational Movies on Disney+ that are perfect for remote learning activities due to Coronavirus (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 Disney+ 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 Disney+ in the USA, however, you may want to check first if you choose to purchase any of these movie guides as they sometimes rotate 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. Try them before you buy them 🙂
The Lion King *NEW* Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2019) takes students on Simba’s hero’s journey as he deals with shame, lack of confidence, lies and struggles to reach his full potential as King of the Pride Lands. Examine Scar’s vocabulary during his song ‘Be Prepared’ and write a persuasive essay about the effectiveness of the Hakuna Matata life philosophy.
This Pooh’s Heffalump Movie Guide (G – 2005) creates a no-prep learning opportunity out of a classic Disney movie. It is suitable for very young ages since it is rated G and provides an alternative to scary Halloween movies. Challenge students to think about this story on another level and connect the lessons that Rabbit and his gang learn about stereotypes and judging people before they ever meet them. Discuss with your students 11 high-level, short answer and essay questions by pausing at the designated times on the movie guide.
Toy Story 4 Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (G – 2019) challenges students to think critically about Woody’s internal struggle and the complex relationships the toys have with their ‘kids’. Explore whether or not Gabby’s character is good, evil or somewhere in between. Discuss with students their own special toy or object when they started school and also whether or not grown ups would ever value something like Forky the way Bonnie does.
This Mulan Movie Viewing Guide (G – 1998) is a great way to get your students thinking about ‘the reflection’ that they see in the mirror. 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. This movie guide includes the the translated version of the original Chinese poem that the story Mulan is based on. In the last essay question, students are challenged to find similarities and differences between the poem and the movie. The movie guide consists of 10 high-level, short answer and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.
A Bug’s Life Movie Guide (G – 1998) is great resource for the Disney, G-rated classic. Use it for class parties or a substitute lesson plan. Explore with your students how the ants’ culture changed as an unlikely hero proves his worth by being confident in his ideas. Discuss with your students 11 high-level, short answer and essay questions by pausing at the designated times on the movie guide.
Monsters University Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (G – 2013) challenges students to connect with Mike Wazowski and Sullivan, learn the lessons they learn, and finally apply them to their own lives. Explore what its like to go to University and draw comparisons with what its like in elementary school. Discuss whether appearance matters, and practice persuasive writing to encourage Oozma Kappa not to quit the Scare Games.
This Monsters, Inc. movie guide is a great way to sprinkle some life lessons into a fun reward activity. Challenge students to learn about friendship as Sully and Mike struggle to remain friends. Explore the idea of following your heart as Sully saves Boo even while his friend and community want to get rid of her. The movie guide consists of 10 high-level, short answer and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.
Use this Finding Nemo Movie Guide (G – 2003) to turn a classic, entertaining movie into a genuine learning experience for your students. They’ll learn about not making excuses for themselves and the incredibly important idea of persistence and grit. Although your students probably weren’t born when this movie came out in 2003, it is still a ‘crowd pleaser’ and may just be what your looking for if your students have already seen all the newer movies. Discuss with your students the 11 high-level, short answer and essay questions. Pause at the designated times on the movie guide and watch your students engage.
This Chicken Little Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (G – 2005) challenges students to analyze the events, concepts and characters in the movie and apply their lessons to their own lives. Explore the idea of closure, what it looks like, why it is important and how to get it. Guide students to think about the value of extinguishing misunderstandings before they turn into big problems like when the aliens almost destroy Oakey Oaks over a simple misunderstanding.
This Beauty and the Beast Movie Guide (G-1991) creates a no-prep learning opportunity out of a classic Disney movie. Challenge students to think about this story on another level and connect the lessons that the Beast learns to their own life. This can make a great substitute lesson since it is rated G. Discuss with your students 11 high-level, short answer and essay questions by pausing at the designated times on the movie guide.
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