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Great Movies for the Science Classroom

Movies is often much more engaging than lecturing to your students. Having students actually see extinction happening in the documentary Racing Extinction is much more powerful than me talking about it. While I don’t usually show full length movies in my classroom (more often clips), they can be a great supplement to your curriculum. I’ve compiled a list of movies that could be added to your science classroom curriculum. Tip: If you require students to answer questions during the video or have a follow up assignment, you will have more students paying attention!

Disclaimer: I have not personally seen all of these movies, and always suggest previewing before showing and making sure it is appropriate for your grade level. Depending on the movie content and rating you may need admin/parent approval.

LIFE SCIENCE
Lion King
Finding Nemo
Gattaca 
Winged Migration
Free Willy
No Impact Man
Fly Away Home
Big Miracle
March of the Penguins
Born in China
Arctic tale
Your Inner Fish
Growing up Wild
Journey of Man
The Ivory Game
Animals with Cameras
Supersize Me
Hoot
Lorenzo’s Oil
Contagion 
​Osmosis Jones
Extraordinary Measures
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Miracles from Heaven
My Sister’s Keeper

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Before the Flood
An Inconvenient Truth 
Food Inc
The Biggest Little Farm
Rotten
In Defense of Food
Deepwater Horizon
Food Evolution
Chasing Coral
Chasing Ice 
Racing Extinction
Blackfish
​The Cove 
A Plastic Ocean
Cowspiracy
King Corn
The Lorax
Beyond the Mirage
YERT
Fern Gully
Plastic China
​11th Hour
Last Call at the Oasis
Soul Surfer

EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE
October Sky 
The Martian
Hidden Figures 
Cosmos 
​Into the Inferno 
Dante’s Peak
Twister
The Day After Tomorrow
Ice Age
Gravity
Through the Wormhole
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Apollo 13
Interstellar
The Right Stuff
For All Mankind

PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Spare Parts
Underwater Dreams
If you Build It
Big Hero 6
The Lego Movie
Home Alone
To the Ends of the Earth
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

SCIENCE FICTION
Jurassic Park
Flubber 
Honey I Blew Up The Kids
Back to the Future
ET
​Escape from Planet Earth
iRobot
Bicentennial Man
Journey to the Center of the Earth

TV SERIES
Brain Games
Planet Earth 
Life
Modern Marvels
Eyes of Nye
Mythbusters
How the Earth Was Made
From the Earth to the Moon
​The Zoo

SciJinks
Forces of Nature
Nature’s Weirdest Events
Years of Living Dangerously
The Big Bang Theory
​Outrageous Acts of Science
Natural Born Rebels
Moonshot
One Strange Rock
Explained
The Serengeti Rules

MOVIE BIOGRAPHIES
Jane
The Theory of Everything
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Hidden Figures
Science Fair
Temple Grandin
First Man

Have any suggestions to add? Drop them in the comments!

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