When I’m setting up my lesson plans, I like to add a little film in my homeschool week. It’s a nice break and these educational movies for high school students on Netflix actually teach some things that, well, you can’t learn anywhere else!
So, I pulled together this list of film resources for our high school homeschool curriculum, to make it easy on me when I’m building my lesson plans.
If you’re ready to break out the ruler and get to studying some of the best historical movies and educational resources on film, let’s get these reels rolling.
Educational Movies for High School Students on Netflix
Science & Nature Documentaries on Netflix
The Pyramid Code (rated TV-PG)
How was the scientific understanding of the ancients so advanced? A team of experts answers this and other questions in this fascinating series.
Planet Earth (rated TV-PG)
This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.
The Blue Planet (rated TV-G)
David Attenborough narrates this definitive exploration of the marine world, from the familiar to the unknown, revealing the sea and its communities.
The Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries (rated TV-14)
This series investigates mysteries that persistently elude scientific explanation, such as mythical creatures, UFOs, sacred sites and more.
NOVA: First Face of America (rated TV-PG)
During risky expeditions in an underwater cave, scientists unearth a 13,000-year-old skeleton to gain insight into the earliest known humans in America.
Art Documentaries on Netflix
Abstract: The Art of Design (rated TV-14)
They’re problem solvers. Tastemakers. Storytellers. Eight design icons share a window into their world.
Brain Games (Rated TV-G)
This interactive series uses games, illusions and experiments to illustrate how our brains manufacture our reality and often play tricks on us.
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere (Rated TV-G)
“The Joy of Painting” host Bob Ross brings his signature wet-on-wet style to a bevy of bucolic landscape paintings celebrating the beauty of nature.
Chill With Bob Ross (Rated TV-G)
Iconic artist and master of relaxation Bob Ross demonstrates the process of creating wintry scenes in these episodes dedicated to the season.
The Creative Brain (Rated TV-14)
Neuroscientist David Eagleman taps into the creative process of various innovators while exploring brain-bending, risk-taking ways to spark creativity.
History Documentaries on Netflix
The Seventies (Rated PG)
This series examines 1970s America, focusing on the major political and historical landmarks of the decade and the cultural response to those events.
The Eighties (Rated TV-14)
The ’80s sparks a revolution across all genres of television. From sitcoms to dramas to trashy talk shows to MTV, the tube would never be the same.
How to Win the US Presidency (Rated PG)
This whimsical look at rough-and-tumble American politics examines the influence of money, religion and even ancient Rome on presidential campaigns.
Faith Documentaries on Netflix
The Story of God (Rated TV-14)
Host Morgan Freeman explores religion’s role in human history, how our beliefs connect us and possible answers to life’s million-dollar questions.
Joseph: King of Dreams (Rated TV-PG)
With his gift of dream interpretation and his brilliantly colored coat, Joseph inspires jealousy in his brothers in this animated Bible story.
Whew! That’s a lot of educational movies. Perfect for a whole homeschool curriculum for high school, don’t you think?! I’m feeling very ready to tackle some Friday afternoon homeschool movie days. LOL!
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