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Post the names of movies that have sequels around the room and ask questions, which the students will answer by going to stand by the name of the movie that fits best. Then work with your class to analyze revenue from each film and percent increase or decrease with sequels. It is a most engaging topic for preteens that will demonstrate how practical using proportional relationships can be. You may, however, want to take the time to look up statistics on more current box office hits.
In small groups and then as a class, young musicians compare and contrast two pieces from the musical film Chicago. They pair up to look at the elements that make each piece similar and define the elements or arrangements that make them different. They use their understanding of music to compose a new version of one of the songs.
For this movie poster worksheet, students create movie posters for movies with a different subgenre. Students create 3 movie posters.
For kids who love movies, figuring out a schedule for the maximum number that can be seen in one day is not only a good demonstration of Common Core mathematical practices, but also a highly motivating activity. Robert Kaplinsky constructed this activity to open a class discussion and focus on problem solving. With more than one right answer, third and fourth graders will have to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. There are two student options that make it appropriate for both third or fourth grade classrooms, or a wide range of learning ability within one classroom.
Students explore the relationship between movies and culture, looking at movies as both a part of and a reflection of popular culture. They research the specific historical and cultural realities present during the run of a particular movie.
Students explore the ways in which the New York Times column 'Taking the Kids' analyzes whether or not current movies are appropriate for different ages of Students. They explore past articles from the column and create movie posters.
Students consider a recent Dartmouth study that connected teenagers' movie viewing restrictions with their tobacco and alcohol usage. They conduct their own research in tobacco and alcohol use among teenagers in their school setting.
Students evaluate and debate whether movies, television shows, and other mass media cause violent behavior in students and whether books are the same as or different from these other media in their potential for causing violent behavior in Students.
Learners use an animation program plan and create a short animation movie showing what they have learned in math or any other curriculum area.
Take advantage of pupils' fascination with exciting, visual presentations by using movie clips to demonstrate key concepts.
Class members examine a series of primary and secondary source materials to try and ascertain the role films played in forming “a new generation of youth after World War I.” Individuals are assigned one of three documents to examine, form expert groups to share their findings, and then participate in jigsaw discussions. The documents, part of the packet, include a plot summary for The Jazz Singer, an excerpt from Herbert Blumer’s, Movies and Conduct, and a commentary about the film Are Parents People? Individuals craft a reflective essay to conclude the exercise. The 2001 Frontline program Merchants of Cool and the accompanying materials provided by PBS would provide a great extension to the exercises in this resource.
This is a good Common Core question that relates inflation to operations with decimals and rounding. Young learners are asked to find out if an amount of money can purchase the same amount of movie tickets in 2012 as it did in 1987. They then must decide how much more money is needed to purchase the same amount of items. Can be used as a class activity or as an independent assignment.
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of multiple choice questions about Harry Potter 6. Page includes multiple links to answers, ads and resources.
In this word search worksheet, learners locate 18 words that are related to movies. They find words that are located in a word bank at the bottom of the page. The works include action, animated, preview, and theatre.
Students discuss the benefits or drawbacks in consulting movie reviews. They analyze movie reviews from The New York Times and create a list of features in effective movie reviews. They write their own movie reviews based on this list.
Do your pupils love horror movies? This Times for Kids article on different types of scary films is sure to get their attention - and not just on Halloween. After reading the short nonfiction article, three "reader's response" questions address reading comprehension, while three "writer's response" questions discuss literary analysis. The activity focuses on surveys, which could lend well to an extended lesson.
Students critique the transition of "Holes" from a novel to screenplay and consider how the details in a book are brought to life in a movie. They then choose a scene in a book and transform it into an original script after brainstorming the endless possibilities.
Fourth graders, in teams, research the state of New York, develop a report including maps and pictures, and make a movie including all student group's projects.
Tenth graders analyze animated Disney movies. They demonstrate their awareness of how the artful use of language can affect and influence others. They evaluate how both genders and cultures are portrayed in mass media.
Elementary students research the history and construction of movie theaters, read a book of their choice and portray its primary characters and plot in a visual, movie-style report. They design and create their own movie theater in which to show their book report.