Teaching with Star Wars
– Lessons & Resources
Spanning generations, Star Wars has appeal among all grade levels and even among faculty. I’ve rounded up some of the best Star Wars lessons and resources, covering a wide-range of subjects. Check out the resources below, and you’ll be teaching like a Jedi!
A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away
Are your bell-ringers crustier than Yoda’s toe-jam? Kick off your class with the Star Wars Crawl Creator. You can make your own opening crawl in just 3 steps.
My Hour Of Code post featured a Star Wars lesson from the folks at Code.org. Their lesson contains everything you need to let students — ages 6 and up — create program droids and create their own Star Wars game.
Program a Droid
I’m a fan of Sphero’s rolling robots, as featured in one of my gadgets posts. It’s an engaging way to teach coding through drag and drop programming with apps like Tickle or Tynker. I can’t think of many better ways to make coding fun than to control and guide BB-8.
At a little over $15, this kit made my list of 5 STEM Toys Under $25. It comes with everything you need to make 30 Starfighters.
Lesson Plans & Ideas to Take Your Lessons into Hyperspace
Star Wars in the Classroom is a site dedicated to teaching and learning with Star Wars. You’ll find a collection of resources and lessons for Social Studies, ELA, Science, and more.
The New York Times put together several lesson ideas for using Star Wars to teach a variety of subjects, “from analyzing Yoda’s syntax to investigating the economic consequences of destroying the Death Star.” Find lessons for ELA, History, Science, Math, Economics, Art, and Journalism.
Looking for more Star Wars in education? Check out Adam Schoenbart’s Eight Things Education Should Learn From Star Wars, and Leeroy Parky’s post on analyzing the opening crawl as a reading / discussion activity.
Do you use Star Wars in your classroom?
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