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Old 05-17-2011, 09:24 AM
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Math Movies for Middle School

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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Old 05-17-2011, 09:45 AM
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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
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:44 PM
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Nope, sorry.

I've never shown one.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:58 PM
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I love Stand and Deliver
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:28 PM
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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
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:24 PM
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Check out this site:


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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Old 05-28-2011, 04:25 AM
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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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