In one of my previous posts, I talked about journalism movies for the classroom. However, all of the movies were only appropriate for high school or middle school students due to PG-13 ratings. Here are some films that can be shown in elementary schools.
Newsies is a musical from Walt Disney Pictures about the harsh conditions of newsboys in the late 19th century. Featuring historical information about the cutthroat world of newspapers, it educates and entertains. Since it follows young characters (all of the newsboys are in their teens or younger), it’s easy for kids to relate to. Plus the music numbers keep it interesting for elementary-aged students. Starring a young Christian Bale and a not-so-young Robert Duvall, Newsies is packed with talent, emotion and song.
Get a Clue (2002)
Get a Clue, a Disney Channel Original Movie starring Lindsay Lohan, follows a journalist’s daughter (Lohan) and her friends as they try to uncover the mystery of their missing teacher. They use research and investigative reporting to crack the case, making it suitable for a journalism class. Lexy (Lohan) must also learn about the value of friendship over material items and discover that class and popularity are not the right ways to evaluate people. Thus, the movie teaches a variety of lessons appropriate for elementary school students.
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
In The Great Muppet Caper, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear work as newspaper reporters in this Muppet tale. The pair are sent to London to crack the story about a stolen necklace. You can teach students about investigative reporting and the importance of finding and reporting the truth. Also, the Muppets’ lighthearted nature makes this an ideal movie for elementary schoolers.