IMDb Home School: Educational Picks for Kids

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Jack Black in School of Rock (2003)

School of Rock | Now Streaming on HBO and Available to Rent on Prime Video

Subject: Music

Rating: PG-13

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) takes a position as a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school. He discovers his students are talented young musicians and turns his class into a rock band, setting his sights on a "Battle of the Bands" competition.

Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures | Now Streaming on FXNOW and Available to Rent on Prime Video

Subject: Math/History

Rating: PG

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American women mathematicians who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.

Simon Doonan, Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, and Dayna Isom Johnson in Making It (2018)

"Making It" | Season 2 Now Streaming on Hulu

Subject: Art

Rating: TV-PG

If you and your family have a room dedicated to fabric, googly eyes, glue, and glitter, this friendly competition show, hosted by the wonderfully goofy Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, gently puts a cast of ambitious crafters through their paces. And every challenge winner earns a Girl Scouts-inspired badge for their efforts.

David Newell and Fred Rogers in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968)

Won't You Be My Neighbor? | Now Streaming on Peacock

Subject: Social Studies

Rating: PG-13

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host Fred Rogers and his public television show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse in The Book Thief (2013)

The Book Thief | Available to Rent on Prime Video

Subject: History

Rating: PG-13

While navigating life in Germany during World War II, young Liesel finds solace in stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. Based on the popular novel by Markus Zusak.

Cosmos: Possible Worlds (2020)

"Cosmos: Possible Worlds" | Now Streaming on DIRECTV

Subject: Science

Rating: Not Rated

Following the wildly successful "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," Neil deGrasse Tyson returns as host to translate more revelations of science into a lavish transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration. The show reveals previously uncharted realms, including lost worlds, worlds yet to come, and the worlds that humans may one day inhabit.

Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird | Now Streaming on Prime Video

Subject: History/Literature

Rating: TV-PG (TV rating)

This Oscar-winning adaptation of Harper Lee's seminal novel deals with mature themes. In it, Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved charge, and his children against prejudice. See our parents guide for content advisories.

March of the Penguins (2005)

March of the Penguins | Available to Rent on Hulu

Subject: Science

Rating: G

At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet.

LeVar Burton in Reading Rainbow (1983)

"Reading Rainbow" | Now Streaming on Prime Video

Subject: Literature

Rating: TV-Y

Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Our Planet (2019)

"Our Planet" | Now Streaming on Netflix

Subject: Science

Rating: TV-G

Documentary series focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver (1988)

Stand and Deliver | Now Streaming on Netflix

Subject: Math

Rating: PG

For some viewers, the real value of calculus can be found in this Oscar-nominated story centered on Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who is determined to inspire his dropout-prone students to learn the subject.

Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia | Now Streaming on Disney+

Subject: Music

Rating: G

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music, including famous numbers like Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring."

Lorraine Toussaint, Colman Domingo, Carmen Ejogo, David Oyelowo, Wendell Pierce, and Stephan James in Selma (2014)

Selma | Now Streaming on FXNOW and Available to Rent on Prime Video

Subject: History

Rating: PG-13

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

David Hyde Pierce and Chris Rock in Osmosis Jones (2001)

Osmosis Jones | Now Streaming on HBO Max and DIRECTV

Subject: Science

Rating: PG

This action-packed flick is like an animated biology lesson. A policeman white blood cell named Osmosis Jones (voiced by Chris Rock), with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank (Bill Murray).

Maxwell Simba in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | Now Streaming on Netflix

Subject: History/Science

Rating: TV-PG

Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the true story of William Kamkwamba.

Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

Mr. Holland's Opus | Now Streaming on HBO

Subject: Music

Rating: PG

In an role that earned him a 1995 Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Richard Dreyfuss plays a frustrated composer who finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.

Asa Butterfield and Zac Mattoon O'Brien in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | Available to Rent on Prime Video

Subject: History

Rating: PG-13

Through the innocent eyes of Bruno (Asa Butterfield), the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

Morgan Freeman, Michael Best, Stephen Capers Jr., Dwayne Jones, and Kenneth Kelly in Lean on Me (1989)

Lean on Me | Available to Rent on Prime Video

Subject: Detention

Rating: PG-13

One of Morgan Freeman's best roles has him starring as the principal of a decaying school that he is determined to improve by any and all means. It's another streaming option for families with teenage kids. See our parents guide for content advisories.

Muhammad Ali in When We Were Kings (1996)

When We Were Kings | Now Streaming on Cinemax

Subject: Social Studies/History

Rating: PG

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Matt Damon in The Martian (2015)

The Martian | Now Streaming on FXNOW

Subject: Science

Rating: PG-13

An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity (and a little science) to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.