I found some amazing documentaries on Netflix to help teach kids about many subjects. I’ve also included links to lesson plans you can use along with the documentaries. Most of them are free. Homeschooling with Netflix is fun and entertaining!
Homeschooling with Netflix
First, we’ll check out some subjects you could use for Homeschooling with Netflix, along with lesson plans. Most of the lesson plans that I found are free! If you don’t want to bother with lesson plans, just watch any of these documentaries that suit your fancy.
These will give children a chance to learn about the land, people, and animals that live in places around the world. Like a virtual field trip. Check out my blog post of free geography resources.
Virunga – an Oscar-nominated true story about rangers who risk their lives to save endangered gorillas in Africa’s national park.
Pacificium – Four scientists explore Peru’s coastline by land, sea, and air.
Chasing Coral – documenting the disappearance of coral reefs.
Wild France – There are still places in Europe that are hardly touched by people.
Wild North – Explore the forests & rugged coastlines of Norway.
National Geographic, has more great (free) ways to learn more about Europe.
Alaska & Canada
Galapagos – Interesting wildlife, and unlike most of the planet. Check out the weird and beautiful Galapagos Islands.
Virtual Field Trips | Landmarks
YellowStone Thaw – Check out this lesson plan to learn how geysers erupt. There used to be a documentary about the wolves in Yellowstone but last time I checked Netflix pulled it and I don’t remember what it was called. It was very interesting. However, here is a lesson plan on the Wolves of Yellowstone.
Other Free Geography Lesson Plans
Amazing Race – Has children create their own amazing race game!
Spanish Culture lesson plans
Lincoln – Director Steven Spielberg takes on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
Lesson plan for Back in Time Travel Brochure – Using travel brochures and a lesson plan, to learn about World History.
The Eighties – Big hair, crazy colors, and MTV actually played music.
There are plenty of other documentaries but I tried to include ones that were TV-14 at most. Many others are rated TV-MA, and NR.
Natural Disaster lesson plans – Teach Engineering has a lesson plan on Natural Disasters.
Space lesson plans – When I started homeschooling I found several awesome ways to teach about space, check out some of those free homeschool resources here. Teacher Vision has some pretty amazing lesson plans on SPACE. Also, check out Geology(dot com) to see more free lesson plans on space.
Moving Art – Art found in the world we live in.
More documentaries available for streaming as of 09/5/19
- Brain Games (SERIES) – This series is very interesting. In the first episode it shows people how the brain uses shadows to help understand the world around us. It is really very interesting and educational.
- Planet Earth: The Complete Collection – I bought this on dvd when it came out many years ago. It is so good.
- Life – Discover life on Earth.
- Life Story – Following wild animals in their natural habitat.
- The Last Man on the Moon
- Nature’s Great Events – Weather patterns, and seasonal events that create awesome wildlife events.
- The Pyramid Code – The truth about the pyramids have arrived.
- Blackfish – Animal slaves for entertainment are dying in their own prisons, due to lack of food, space, and quality nutrition. Countless animals die each year for the sake of human curiosity. Boycott zoos, and marine shows who are just trying to make money off these poor animals.
- Tales by Light – Check out the physical extremes photographers go through to get that shot. What’s it really like to be one of the world’s top photographers?
- Forces of Nature – Explaining complex natural forces like shape, color, motion and more.
- Our Planet -Emmy Nominated – Watch the planet’s amazing diverse creatures.
- Terra – A documentary about the relationship between living creatures and humans.
- Weird Wonder Of The World
- 72 Most Dangerous Animals
- 72 Cutest Animals
- Naledi – A baby elephant’s tail
- The Ivory Game – Exposing ivory trafficking
- Last Chance to See – Animal species that are near extinction.
- Beak & Brain – Genius birds
- Round Planet – A unique twist to the story of our planet.
- Bugs – The benefits of bugs as a future food source.
- Frozen Planet
- Growing up Wild
Other cool Homeschooling links
- Make a transportation Museum
- Free homeschooling resources 101
- Free homeschooling resources 102
- Free homeschooling resources 103
- Free geography resources
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