Students love being able to apply what they've just learned and figure out the special effects! The educators who tested our activities highly recommended showing scenes from these videos. (PG-13 movies are not referenced in elementary activities.)
- Batman (PG-13)
- The Empire Strikes Back
- E.T.: The Extraterrestrial
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
- Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
- Jurassic Park (PG-13)
- King Kong (original version)
- The Lion King
- The Mask (PG -13)
- Mrs. Doubtfire (PG-13)
- Ralph S. Mouse
- Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars
Books We Recommend
- Andersen, Yvonne. Make Your Own Animated Movies and Videotapes. 2d ed. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1991.
- Ardley, Neil. The Science Book of Color. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991.
- Conklin, Thomas. Meet Steven Spielberg. New York: Bullseye Biography, Random House, 1994.
- Exploratorium Teacher Institute. The Exploratorium Science Snackbook. San Francisco: The Exploratorium, 1991.
- McCarthy, Robert E. Secrets of Hollywood Special Effects. Boston: Focal Press, 1992.
- Platt, Richard. Film. New York: Eyewitness Books, Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
- Samonek, Michael E. Special Effects Cookbook. Narberth, PA: MES/FX Publishing. 1992.
- Scott, Elaine. Look Alive: Behind the Scenes of an Animated Film. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1992.
- Shay , Don and Jody Duncan. The Making of Jurassic Park: an Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993.
- Smith, Thomas G. Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Special Effects. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986.
- The Smithsonian Institution. Science Activities. New York: GMG Publishing and Science Learning, Inc, 1987.
- VanCleave, Janice. 200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird & Fun Experiments. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993.