Top 10 Educational Movies on Amazon Prime 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 Top 10 Educational Movies on Amazon Prime 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 free to stream on Amazon Prime 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 Aeronauts Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG13 – 2019) challenges students to put themselves in the shoes of James Glaisher and Amelia Wren as they embark on a dangerous thrill balloon expedition. Analyze their growing relationship and their individual experiences that compelled them into the skies. Explore the value of weather of prediction and Hollywood’s decision to cast a fictional Amelia Wren in place of Henry Coxwell.
It’s a Wonderful Life Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 1946) is a great resource to use along with this classic Christmas movie. Challenge students to learn life lessons through George Bailey’s struggle with worldly value versus the value of family, relationships, goodwill and love.
The Temple Grandin Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (TVPG – 2010) challenges students to see the world through Temple’s eyes. Encourage students to think critically about how they treat others that are different, but not less. Explore the obstacles Temple had to overcome and the metaphorical doors she persisted in opening as she changed the lives of millions and millions of cattle each year.
That Sugar Film Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (NR – 2014) helps students analyze this incredible, eye-opening documentary. Ask your students to internalize why eating an apple, and the sugar that goes along with it, is much healthier than drinking apple juice that contains the sugar of 4 apples. Challenge students to confront the idea that the sugar industry is worth 50 billion dollars and what that means for their need to be vigilant in consuming food products.
The Eighth Grade Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (R – 2018) challenges students to take a deeper look at self-confidence in this awkward yet accurate story of eighth grade. Ask students to compare their experience to Kayla’s and rate how accurately this film portrays the 8th grade experience. Explore how the director uses music to convey meaning to the viewer and also how Kayla’s online videos shed light on her character development.
This I Can Only Imagine Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2018) challenges students to think deeply about Bart’s relationships with his father and how and why his life took the turns that it did. Explore the idea of how our past experiences shape our future experiences and what lessons can be learned from this fantastic story of MercyMe’s Bart Millard and his fathers amazing conversion.
This 12 Angry Men Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (NR – 1957) guides students through this classic, gripping and engaging film that is still relevant today. Challenge your students to really connect with the characters in this film by thinking critically about each thought-provoking questions on the movie guide. Students can learn life lessons from the film about prejudice, logic, and being open-minded.
The Freedom Writers Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG13 – 2007) challenges, motivates, and inspires students all at once. Explore Erin’s journey as she tries to break through into the lives of her complex and misunderstood students. Ask students to think critically about how one’s perspective can affect their future and the inspirational story of Miep Gies.
This Armstrong Documentary Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (NR – 2019) explores the life of Neil Armstrong, his character traits, accomplishments, relationships and post-moon-landing life. Challenge students to connect with Neil’s experiences, his family’s experiences and put themselves in his shoes. Evaluate NASA’s decision to cut off communications with the Armstrong family during the Saturn V mission. Consider the iconic phrase ‘the eagle has landed’ and how it is used today, compared to how it was used originally by Armstrong. Finally, continue the exploration into Neil’s life with extended research on the moon landing, his hypersonic X-15 flights, or his involvement in the Rogers Commission Report and the Challenger disaster.
The True Cost Movie Guide consists of 11 high-level, short answer and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information. Challenge your students put themselves in the shoes of garment workers in India and Bangladesh and connect their experiences to the fast fashion industry.
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