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Homeschooling with Movie-Based Unit Studies

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I am so excited to share this with you! I found a great resource when it comes to homeschool curriculum and unit studies called Teach With Movies. In this article, I will outline how to navigate the website to maximize your homeschooling experience, ideas of different activities and lessons you can use for unit studies, and I will show you where to get your FREE 31-Page Finding Nemo & Coral Reef Unit Study Pack for ALL Ages!!

Teach with Movies has a variety of lesson ideas for a number of movies on the market. You can search by movie type, genre, age group, school subject, alphabetically, and even by social values and morals! The movies are tailored for ages 3 all the way up to college level. Whether you’re teaching your kiddo about history, science, math, English, or even social-emotional learning, there is a movie just to fit the task. They even have a “Movie Worksheet” and “TV Show Lesson Plans” pages!

Thank you to Sharla of Minnesota Country Girl for this guest post in the Ready, set, homeschool! blog party.

When you find a movie or TV show you like, click on it and it will take you to its page which will give you a great starting point to develop your own unit study or lesson plan. You can just go off of the information and lessons on their page, but I think it’s fun to develop my own and see what kind of lessons I can come up with for teaching my son from movie-based unit studies. We love hands-on, interactive curricula versus just reading from a textbook. It makes homeschooling much more fun and interesting when I can come up with my own unit studies and lessons! Not to mention I have an ADHD son and he thrives on learning through interaction.

There are a plethora of worksheets, printables, activities, and more that you can incorporate into your unit studies or lesson plans. Let’s take a further look at some of your options when creating a movie-based unit study.

Crafts & Activities

There are so many options for this one. Search the Internet or Pinterest for “(movie of your choice) activities and crafts.” If the movie is a little more obscure, there will still be plenty to choose from that can help you come up with a spin-off of the idea of a craft project or activity. One idea is to have your kiddos draw a picture of their favorite character or something that happened in the story for an art project.

A Timeline

Have the kiddos create a timeline of events…things that happened throughout the movie. This one is especially good when it’s a movie on a historical topic or subject.

Discussion Questions

Discuss what happened. Get the kids to open up about certain things related to the movie. These could cover the whats and whys of the characters’ behaviors, or the bigger concepts that cover religion or ethical dilemmas. The possibilities are endless for this one.

Problem/Conflict and Resolution

Have the children write or explain what the conflict and resolution were in the movie. You could turn this into a full essay or just have them write a paragraph showing they understand how to identify these items in a storyline.

Movie Setting, Plot, Characters, and Fact or Opinion

Whether in a discussion or on a piece of paper, have your kiddos explain the setting in the movie (where the movie takes place), the plot (major events that occurred throughout the movie), and a fact or opinion on something that happened in the movie. This shows they understand the basics of the movie but takes it a step further to show comprehension.

Writing and Essay Prompts

Have them write a paragraph or essay about the topic based on a prompt you give. This could be anything but remember your child’s abilities and keep it age-appropriate.

You could also tap into their creative side and have them write their own version of the story!


This one has a lot of potential for many things. If the characters are real people, you can have your child describe them in detail, who they are, who they work for, their position in the movie, and so on.

If it’s an animal, it becomes that much more fun! Have them describe what the animal eats, what habitat they live in, are they a carnivore or herbivore, are they prey or a predator (or both), how many babies they have, and the list goes on. Either way, you have plenty of options!

Word Searches and Crossword Puzzles

There’s a plethora of websites where you can generate your own word searches & crossword puzzles! Search the Internet for one, add some theme topics or even vocabulary words you come up with from the movie and you have yourself an easy printable puzzle!

Coloring Pages

Print out or make your own coloring pages for your kiddo to fill in. Whether they like to color with markers, crayons, colored pencils or paint, the options are open.

Matching Images

Print out a double set of images of things related to the movie, cut out the images into cards, and have your kiddos play the matching game with them.


These are always fun for the little ones! You can search the Internet or Pinterest for color-by-number pages with the theme or movie you’re looking for. If you’re feeling extra artsy, draw your own outline of a color-by-number sheet and have your kiddo color it in.

Fill in the Blank, Multiple Choice, True/False, or Open-Ended Questions

Another self-explanatory one. Come up with questions you want to ask your child about the movie and have them do fill-in-the-blanks, add possible answers for multiple choice questions or true/false or just have them write out the answer. Or they could type the answer for an added lesson on typing!

Criss-Cross Match

This one is fairly easy. Write a list of characters, events, vocabulary words, etc. Match them up with descriptions and have your child draw a line from the “name” to the “description.”

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Scavenger Hunts

This one is always a fun activity that I love doing, whether it’s a scavenger hunt for words in the movie, a certain saying, events that occur, or something else. See what kind of scavenger hunts you can come up with when planning your movie-based unit studies.

Lessons Learned

Whether in a discussion or a writing prompt, have your child explain a lesson they learned by watching the movie. It could be a school subject lesson or maybe even a lesson on becoming a better person. They could consider how the characters actions affect the feelings of someone or something that happened that could be avoided. You can go about this in many different directions.

Don’t forget to sign up for your FREE 31-Page Finding Nemo & Coral Reef Unit Study (For ALL Ages!).

Have you ever tried making your own homeschool movie-based unit studies or lessons? Drop a comment below and tell me your thoughts!

Thanks, everyone!

Your Minnesota Country Girl,

Hey everyone! I’m Sharla Fossen from Minnesota Country Girl. I’m a single mom, blogger, homesteader, homeschool mom, and avid gardener. Minnesota Country Girl provides tips, encouragement, resources, support, and inspires families to become self-sufficient on the homestead and in homeschool. If you’re looking for some guidance and resources on homesteading, gardening, or homeschooling, I’ve got you covered! You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter. Thanks for taking your time to learn more about MCG and I look forward to connecting with you!

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4 replies to Homeschooling with Movie-Based Unit Studies

  1. This is interesting–I’d never thought about using a movie as a unit study before.

  2. We usually find movies to watch as part of a much larger unit so our activities often include reading books about the subject, taking a field trip that ties into the movie, or just watching more movies/ YouTube clips about the subject.

  3. This is something I hadn’t even considered, but makes so much sense.
    My daughter is in 9th grade this year & we are doing a literature deciphering unit– why not a movie one! Plus I think there are some movies that explain some things better.

    Thanks so much! –
    Hattie Hawkins

  4. I found 2 movie themed unit studies online for next school year. I plan on using them with the children in September. One is the greatest showman and the other will be based on the Alice in Wonderland films. I think it will be fun as well. This is a non comprehensive list of fun educational activities I have come up for the unit studies for next year:

    Alice in Wonderland

    A Mad Hatter themed dinner party or afternoon tea event (miscellaneous)
    Oral quick fire questions about the novel plus a short book report too (ELA)
    One math lesson which is based on the characters (math)
    Character analysis quiz (ELA)
    Discussion skills lesson (miscellaneous)
    A essay but not sure yet (ELA)
    A short letter to the author to describe feelings and practice writing (ELA)

    The Greatest Showman

    A oral history lesson on the circus (history)
    Book reports (ELA)
    Discussion and debate practice (miscellaneous)
    Character analysis game (ELA)
    A short quiz loosely based on events in the musical (ELA)
    Timeline or map of the circuses of the world (history)
    Posters (art)

    What do you think? Any other activity suggestions welcome! Thanks in advance.

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