Math Movies for Middle School

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  1. 7th Grade Math

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    May 17, 2011

    Anyone have any good math movies to show to middle school students? I'm jealous of teachers who get to show movie day! Especially now that there will be hectic days with end of the year activities and such. Ideas would help!! Thanks.
     
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  3. kcjo13

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    Rocket Boys has math aspects, plus it's just a good movie.
    Flubber? Pushing it, but has math and science, albeit fake!
    Stand and Deliver
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    Nope, sorry.

    I've never shown one.
     
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    I love Stand and Deliver
     
  6. MissEducation

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    Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land. Our 8th grade math teacher shows it every year and it actually touches on many of the things they study. It's legit, as the kids say ;)
     
  7. Iheartmath

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    Check out this site:

    http://www.thefutureschannel.com/

    I signed up to receive free weekly newsletters, and they consist of short video clips of careers in math & science! I absolutely love this site. Most of the time, the weekly career clips can be tied directly to what I've been teaching in my pre-algebra and geometry classes. One of the kids' favorites was a segment on skateboard design. Also available are in-class activities that tie in directly to the video.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    As far as clips go, my favorite is the "Scarecrow gets a brain" segment from the Wizard of Oz. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUCZXn9RZ9s

    The scarecrow gets a brain, then totally MANGLES the Pythagorean Theorem!!

    The kids always get a great laugh out if it, then ask whether it was intentional or not. I'm assuming it was-- it's a pretty basic formula, and I'm assuming that even back then they had people checking facts. But is the intent to show that the wizard wasn't a wizard after all? Or does "isosceles" merely sound more difficult than "right"--was it a creative choice as opposed to a calculated one??
     

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