Whether you add a science movie to your current plans, or want a fun change, I know you’ll find one or two of your favorite science movies and documentaries in this list.
How to use Science Movies in Your Homeschool
First, look at a few ways to use science movies in your homeschool:
- Compare science movies to the book – compare and contrast skills lead to higher thinking skills
- Testing the concepts mentioned in a movie is a great way to engage a kid’s science mind – science is about testing theories
- Encourage your kids to be aware of the greater issues facing man and science – we homeschool because we don’t want our kids learning only within 4 walls or in a bubble, but to engage with issues facing the world now
- Reduce burnout in a student, a schedule, or learn in a relaxed way through a tough transition and to revive the love of learning – learning takes many approaches
- Use science movies as a spine to an in-depth or surface level unit study
Then, add in some hands-on ideas or science subscription boxes and you have stand alone curriculum created from great science movies.
Look at my post 18 Amazing Kids Subscription Boxes to Try Right Now to get some ideas. It’s easier than you think to use an engaging science movie or documentary in your homeschool.
Heads up: I haven’t watched all the movies, so I’m not sure of the worldview. I respect the homeschool parent’s position to teach to your worldview to your children.
Look at this list of 10 Favorite Science Movies and Documentaries for Homeschooled Kids.
1. Kiss the Ground.
Activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians turn to regenerative agriculture to save the planet’s topsoil, and combat climate change.
- You can go here to Kiss the Ground to get a free link to view it.
And like I mentioned before science is about adding in hands-on fun; here are some ideas from one of my favorite science providers Home Science Tools.
2. Hidden Figures.
We loved this movie and it’s one of the best science movies we’ve seen in a long time.
Three brilliant African American women at NASA – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
Look at my unit study Exploring Space and Astronomy Free Unit Study for Multiple Ages and here is a trailer to Hidden Figures.
Look at my astronomy lapbook to round out your movie viewing.
3. Uranium — Twisting the Dragon’s Tail.
Physicist Dr. Derek Muller travels across the globe to unlock the mysteries of uranium. Filmed on five continents, the program takes viewers through the element’s past, present and future and explains its many uses, from weaponry to medicine. It’s part science and part history.
- Here is a trailer to Uranium–Twisting the Dragon’s Tail from YouTube.
4. The Lorax.
Twelve-year-old Ted lives in a place virtually devoid of nature; no flowers or trees grow in the town of Thneedville. Ted would very much like to win the heart of Audrey, the girl of his dreams, but to do this, he must find that which she most desires: a Truffula tree.
Here is the picture below which is such a fun way to introduce nature and care for the earth. Also, I have some lesson planning helps which go with the science movie.
I found this movie on Netflix.
Free Lesson Planning Ideas
Then, here are some printables and lesson plan ideas from A to Z Teacher Stuff.
In addition, add in some fun hands-on nature ideas.
Look at my posts:
- How to Make an Easy Nature Paint Brush With Kids;
- Nature Study: Make a Fun Bird Nesting Bag;
- Winter Nature Craft: How to Make Easy DIY Bird Feeders;
- Hands-On Mixed Media Flower Art Fun Nature Study;
- and Fun Kids Activity How to Make Wildflower Seed Bombs.
Too, here are some more ideas from Groovy Lab in a Box:
5. David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities.
There are many episodes on various nature topics presented by David Attenborough of the UK. I know we haven’t watched all of them, but it looks like Wikipedia has a super roundup of the movies.
All of his topics are fascinating because they explore the unordinary and unexplained curious things about nature.
Science Movies for Homeschooled Kids
6. Lorenzo’s Oil.
True-life drama of a father and mother who battled against the odds to save their son’s life. Augusto and Michaela Odone are dealt a cruel blow by fate: five-year-old Lorenzo is diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease, but the Odones’ persistence and faith leads to the cure which saves their boy and re-writes medical history.
Then, add in this cool kit from Home Science Tools about phlebotomy. Want to learn the medical art of phlebotomy? You’ll be able to practice all facets of venipuncture with this kit! Excellent for current and aspiring medical professionals alike.
Also, look below at a bacteria growing kit.
7. Osmosis Jones.
Mixing live action and animation, the film follows the misadventures of a zoo worker with an unknown malady he contracted after eating an egg contaminated with simian saliva. The responsibility of eradicating this lethal virus falls to a white blood cell cop and a fussy cold-cure pill.
You’ll love my human body lapbook and human body hands-on activities.
8. The Poisoner’s Handbook.
Documentary. From PBS. In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner’s treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products.
You can also watch a trailer here on PBS.
9. October Sky.
John Hickam is a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects his sons, and Homer, to follow in his footsteps. But Jim gets a football scholarship, and Homer becomes interested in rocket science after seeing Sputnik 1 crossing the sky. John disapproves of his son’s new mania, but Homer begins building rockets with the help of friends and a sympathetic teacher. Rocketry, he hopes, will prove his ticket to a better life.
Additionally, look at these lesson planning helps and free guides below.
- A massive 133 page .pdf educator’s guide from Nasa.
Here is a trailer of October Sky on YouTube.
10. Chasing Coral.
Too, here are some free lesson plans about rocket science you can add to your science movie.
Next, from the site Chasing Coral it says: “A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why corals are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.“
Also, there is a free download of curriculum for grades 6 to 12 on the site.
You’ll also love my free Coral lapbook.
Lastly look at some of these other posts you’ll like:
- 54+ Fun Books Turned Movies to Spark a Love For Reading
- 10 Fun Amazon Prime Movies for the Youngest Homeschoolers
- 7 Educational Movies for Kids About Westward Expansion
- Homeschool History Teaching Ancient Civilizations Using Netflix
Science movies are great for visual learners and bring spice to your day. What other science movies do you like in your homeschool day?