Unprecedented little video guide to the Pixar Popcorn parking lot (2021)


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November 16, 2021

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An unprecedented short video guide to Parking Pixar Popcorn (2021) challenges students to analyze this 2-minute Pixar animation from the Cars movies. Discuss the meaning of the words parallel and perpendicular. Guess the meaning of “Unprecedented Parking” and determine if this is an appropriate name for this animation. Practice using details to support students’ opinions on which car looked the most stylish. Finally, draw parallel and perpendicular lines to demonstrate your understanding.

These Pixar Popcorn episodes are only a few minutes long each. These activities are ideal for a quick 15 to 30 minute fun yet educational activity.

This resource consists of 5 high-level, short-answer, essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

This product .zip file includes:

  • A student film guide, printable PDF version (1 page)
  • An answer key is included with this video guide, but many answers will vary as students are encouraged to construct their own meaning from the dialogue and the behavior of the characters. See the preview for examples.
  • A Google Slides version of the movie guide
  • CCSS alignment indicating met standards, PDF (1 page – see also preview image)
  • CCSS Note: I took the liberty of aligning some reading standards with the act of consuming content through film instead. Although the students do not read, they are asked to perform the same cognitive functions on the content they consumed from the film.

Tips for distance learning:
Distribute the digital PDF file or the google form version to each student
Use the screen sharing tool on your group call software to play the movie
Pause the film for each question to give students time to write / discuss
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