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  1. TxMaThTeAcHeR

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    Wondering what is a good movie to show in a math class? My kids just got done doing their state testing, and I want to give them a bit of a break after we've review so hard (I teach at an alternative high school that allows us to do this). Or even a good project that isn't too mathy that would be good?
     
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    Sorry, I haven't got a clue on the movie. The only one I've ever shown is the St. Judes fundraiser movie.

    What type of math do you teach?

    Would you consider teaching them something really consumer-orientated, like balancing and reconciling a checkbook?
     
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    What about a project that involves them calculating something, then doing spreadsheets and creating a powerpoint? I do a paper airplane project at the end of the year where they have to calculate the speeds of three different planes. Being that you teach high school, you could definately add more to it. They are still getting math, but in a practical application setting.
     
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    "A Beautiful Mind" comes to mind, but are you allowed to show PG-13 movies?

    As for projects, I've always had luck with consumer based projects.
     
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    How about 21? It's based on the true story of 6 MIT students and their math teacher counting cards...
     
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    I've never seen this tv show before, but our AP math teachers will show "num3ers" after our May testing. Again, I have never seen the show, but the kids really seem to enjoy the shows.
     
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    That show can be pretty intense. Some episodes are not appropriate for school, but others would be fun.

    On a side note, when I was in grad school, we used to make a sport out of picking out the inaccuracies in the show.
     
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    I teach high school kids... Do you guys think 21 is appropriate for the older kids?
     
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    21 is not appropriate for high school IMO.

    I'd go with October Sky. Though it is more focused on science there is plenty of math in it and, frankly, I think it is a movie all kids should see at some point in school.
     
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    Love October Sky! Very inspirational. Some cussing, but with high school you should be fine.
     
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    My husband always does a unit on the movie version of the book Flatland. His kids always love it. (He teaches geometry.)

    Numbers creates activity guides for teachers to go with their episodes. They are free online. He's shown some of those before as well.
     

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