In my Geometry classes, I use the movie “The Goonies” as a fun and engaging activity to review topics toward the end of the school year. This is an example of using math AND the movies. There is not necessarily direct mathematics explained in the movie, but the movie can be used for its interesting scenarios, challenging students to think about math in different ways.
In “The Goonies,” a group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. Using their your knowledge of the movie and mathematics, they need to answer specific math questions.
The format of the lesson (and worksheet) can be found by clicking the following link: Geometry: GOONIES ACTIVITY – Logic, Locus, Solids, and Coordinate Geo
In this lesson, students watch a series of clips from the movie (a few minutes each) to hook them into the problems and answer related state test questions. The actual DVD start and stop times are written on the worksheet.
I hope you enjoy the lesson. Please comment below.