Are you ready to up your game in teaching the kids? Get ready to engage your students and teach with movies using these movie-themed lesson plans!
Thanks to Aleesha from Teacher Hacks for this awesome lesson plan idea and pulling together these easy-to-use links so you can find just the right movie-themed lesson plan for your classroom or homeschool.
She found that kids are more excited about learning when it links to a movie or something they really like — bet that sounds like most of your students, too! This post contains affiliate links.
Teach with Movies! Movie-Themed Lesson Plans
You can quickly click any lesson plan ideas here or browse through the movie titles down below:
- The Avengers
- Alice in Wonderland
- The BFG
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Charlotte’s Web
- The Chronicles of Narnia
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Finding Nemo
- The Good Dinosaur
- Harry Potter
- Inside Out
- Jungle Book
- Lilo & Stitch
- The Lego Movie
- The Lorax
- Monsters Inc.
- The Smurfs
- The Spiderwick Chronicles
- Star Wars
- Toy Story
- Winnie the Pooh
About The Avengers: An all-star lineup of superheroes — including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America — team up to save the world from certain doom. Working under the authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., can our heroes keep the planet at peace?
About Alice in Wonderland: Disney’s animated, musical retelling of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical tale follows young Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole and enters a strange and wonderful world that is home to the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the terrifying Queen of Hearts.
About Babe: Director Chris Noonan’s tale of precocious piglet Babe’s struggle to fit in and become a champion sheepherder won the hearts of audiences and critics. Nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture), Babe won the Visual Effects Oscar, and everything from farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) to the multitude of farm animals to the humble, edgy script is remarkably appealing for kids and adults alike.
About The BFG: Roald Dahl’s spooky children’s book is transformed into a family-friendly fantasy centering on young orphan Sophie, who meets a colossus called the Big Friendly Giant — who’s exiled from his peers for refusing to eat boys and girls.
About Cinderella: Disney’s animated version of the beloved fairy tale — the timeless story of a gentle-hearted girl who attends the palace ball and meets Prince Charming — is fully restored and boasts an Academy Award-nominated score.
About Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka ignites a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary.
About Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s timeless story comes to life in this animated musical from directors Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto. Join Wilbur the pig (voiced by Henry Gibson), Templeton the rat (Paul Lynde) and Charlotte the spider (Debbie Reynolds) as they learn about friendship, trust and love. When Wilbur is sold to a farmer and finds out that he will eventually be killed for food, Charlotte convinces the farmer that Wilbur is a very special pig.
About The Chronicles of Naria: With their dour, bookish cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) in tow, the youngest Pevensie offspring — Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) — take an unexpected trip back to Narnia and join noble King Caspian (Ben Barnes) for an epic high-seas adventure. Setting sail aboard the Dawn Treader, the young heroes head for the end of the world, determined to rescue seven once-powerful lords banished by Caspian’s evil uncle.
About Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: When inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food — enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves — the falling chow reaches gargantuan proportions, and Flint must scramble to avert disaster.
About Fantastic Mr. Fox: When Mr. Fox’s nightly raids on three nearby farms raise the ire of the selfish farmers, he must outwit the men’s increasingly outrageous plans to catch him in this animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book. As the farmers’ schemes take a toll on his hungry family, Mr. Fox must find a new way to get his paws on the bounty. Wes Anderson directs, and George Clooney and Bill Murray lend their voice-over talents in this Oscar nominee.
About Finding Nemo: In this Oscar-winning animated adventure, plucky fish Marlin and Dory search their underwater world for Marlin’s missing son, Nemo, who’s been scooped up by a scuba diver and dumped in a dentist’s aquarium.
About Frozen: After her kingdom is doomed to suffer from eternal winter, intrepid Anna goes on a quest to find her reclusive sister, the Snow Queen, and break the curse. Along the way, Anna teams with eccentric mountaineer Kristoff and his comic reindeer, Sven.
About The Good Dinosaur: Visualizing an Earth where the great dinosaur extinction never occurred, this animated saga follows an Apatosaurus named Arlo as he makes his way through harsh terrain. During the course of his journey, he’s befriended by a human boy.
About Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: On his 11th birthday, orphaned Harry Potter learns he’s a powerful wizard — with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers, he uncovers the truth about his parents’ deaths.
About Inside Out: When her family relocates across the country, tween Riley Anderson struggles with the stress of her new situation and her animated emotions get carried away — quite literally — on a fantastic journey through her mind.
About Jungle Book: This beloved Disney film tells the story of Mowgli, an Indian boy raised by wolves who’s suddenly thrown back into the world of humans. Along the way, he befriends a crazy orangutan and a lovable bear with a happy-go-lucky philosophy of life. In a musical celebration of friendship, fun and adventure featuring the Oscar-nominated song “The Bare Necessities,” the three buddies find the journey back to civilization anything but civilized.
About Lilo and Stitch: A lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo — who’s being raised by her older sister after their parents die — adopts a funny-looking dog and names him “Stitch,” not realizing her new best friend is, in fact, a wacky alien created by a mad scientist.
About The Lego Movie: After being mistaken for the LEGO Master Builder, ordinary mini-guy Emmet is swept up in an urgent quest to thwart the evil plans of Lord Business. Emmet’s adventures include daunting challenges and hilarious missteps in this computer-animated epic.
About The Lorax: This animated adaptation of the incisive Dr. Seuss classic features the voice of Danny DeVito as the Lorax, a forest-dwelling creature who labors to prevent the short-sighted Once-ler from decimating the environment in order to turn a profit.
About Matilda: Cursed with uncaring parents and a cruel school principal, 6-year-old Matilda escapes into books. But with a kindly teacher on her side, Matilda discovers hidden powers within herself — which she uses to fight back against the bullies in her life.
About Minions: Born to serve despicable villains, these crazy, yellow second-fiddles have a tragic history of accidentally killing off their masters. Without leadership they will perish, so three Minions head out on a dangerous journey to find their next evil boss.
About Monsters Inc.: The professional scarers of Monsters Inc. sneak into kids’ bedrooms at night to elicit screams that they convert into energy to run their world. Life is fine for top scarer Sulley until a little girl accidentally finds her way into the monster world.
About Paddington: This family tale chronicles the adventures of Paddington Bear, who’s rescued at a train station and taken home by a young boy. Paddington adapts quickly to city life, but there’s an evil taxidermist in town with her eye on the lovable bruin.
About Pinocchio: Aided by his friend Jiminy Cricket, wooden puppet Pinocchio faces many challenges on the way to making his dream of becoming a real boy come true. This classic Disney version of the tale won Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
About Shrek: It ain’t easy bein’ green — especially if you’re a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers). On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess (Cameron Diaz) from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot — a wisecracking donkey (Eddie Murphy).
About The Smurfs: When wicked sorcerer Gargamel tries to capture them to use as talismans for his own evil magic, the peaceful blue Smurfs flee their woodland home, pass through a magic portal and find themselves stranded in New York City.
About The Spiderwick Chronicles: When city-raised twins Jared and Simon move to a tumbledown country mansion with their mother and sister, it’s quite an adjustment — especially after they uncover a magical and sometimes dangerous fantasy world.
About Toy Story: Cowboy-toy Woody feels threatened when overblown space ranger Buzz Lightyear arrives with a suitcase full of bells and whistles. But both dolls are lost when the family moves — and finding their way home is only half the adventure.
About Trolls: nspired by the beloved troll dolls that have entertained kids for decades, this animated tale follows the always-happy Princess Poppy and her grouchy survivalist companion Branch as they embark on a journey that takes them into an unfamiliar world.
About Winnie the Pooh: Winnie the Pooh and his loyal friends return to the big screen with an updated, hand-drawn adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood: helping an incomplete Eeyore find a new tail that won’t be too much of a bother.
Wish there was a movie I didn’t include? Let me know what it is in the comments!
About Aleesha: Aleesha is a qualified teacher with a passion for helping people. She loves sharing ideas and resources and figures everyone should benefit from the hours she puts into planning. You can find more teaching ideas from Aleesha at Teacher Hacks.