Challenging Math In Movies

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Resource:Challenging Math In Movies
Provider:MathBits.com: Math and the Movies
Summary:Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12 with parental guidance.)bWant to make math fun? If you're willing to do a bit of prep work at the audio-visual department of your local library or on Netflix (or whatever movie provider you use), you and your kids will be rewarded with some really fun math explorations.
Description:This website offers free math activities and worksheets based on short scenes or clips from movies and television shows that present mathematical content (not watered-down content) in a variety of educational styles. As explained at the website, the clips fall into two main categories:

1) Clips that demonstrate the actual mathematics at work, such as seeing Abbott and Costello describe how 28 divided by 7 is 13.

2) Clips that are used as a hook or humorous introduction to a topic, such as watching Lucy and Ethel wrapping chocolates on a conveyor belt prior to solving problems relating to conveyor belts and sequences.

You'll find movie and TV clips that help demonstrate or introduce everything from pre-algebra to calculus. And then, you follow up by doing the exercises on the free worksheets. When you get to the site read the introduction and then use the menu at the top of the page to access:

Part 1 - Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie and TV titles such as:

Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Star Trek - The Original Series: The Trouble With Tribbles
The Matrix Revolutions
Die Hard with a Vengeance
October Sky
Stand and Deliver
The Wizard of Oz
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
~ And More!

Part 2 - Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie titles such as:

Little Big League
Wall-E
Father of the Bride
Pirates of Penzance
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote - "Hot Rod and Reel"
The Simpsons: Bart, the Genius
Shrek the Third
~ And More!

Note: The movie ratings run the gamut from G to R, so AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

This is a great way to use technology and pop culture to engage older students in the fun of mathematics.

Enjoy!
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