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Zeezok offers a number of educational products, with a common denominator being their appreciation of history, art and literature. I have reviewed several products for Zeezok, and I am always pleased with the content of their products. (Here is a previous review for Flyboys Z-Guide) They are so creative. With all the ones I have tried out, my students learned while having a great time. The content was solid educationally, they learned…they retained…and they had fun.

The “Z-Guides to the Movies” are no different. These movie viewing guides with activities are great fun and can help introduce or reinforce many educational subjects. For us, we were working through the historical period of the Early Church and the Middle Ages. For a fun, snow day and a transition from Attila the Hun onto the future, I got the “Z-Guide to the Movies” for Knights of the Round Table (High School). I got this in an ebook, immediate download format for $12.99. The movie must be purchased separately. I was able to find this 1953 movie to accompany the Z-Guide to the Movies available for instant download for $2.99 through Amazon. (Of course, if you want to, you can buy this movie, also).

So, I was just waiting for a snowy day in January to work on this!  Here is a brief summary of what exactly is in this Z-Guide to the Movies from their site:

Join Merlin, Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and Lancelot as they battle the evil Modred and Morgan Le Fay for control of the British Isles. This guide contains a topic overview, movie synopsis, and ten learning activities based on this classic tale. Learn more about medieval England and how to become a knight. Write your own code of chivalry or design a castle. Evaluate your personal beliefs with the “Worldview Activity.” Probe the director’s mind with “The Filmmaker’s Art” activity, and get the entire family involved with the “For Family Discussion” section at the end of the guide. Choose those activities which best fit your student’s course objectives, areas of interest, or time schedule.

So, we settled down to make this an all day thing, rather than do a little bit each day—which you also could. I ended up including my six year old as well as my highschooler, because with me sitting with them and the movie being pretty tame, I felt comfortable with this.

My highschooler ended up doing all the activity guide questions and especially like designing a castle. The little one was excited to hear about Camelot. Like I mentioned earlier, we have several of these now and I really like using these for a special treat with the kids. Take a look at these movie study guides for yourself, many titles are available and you can search by time period or by child’s ages.

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See what my crewmates have to say about Z-Guides to the Movies.

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I received Z-Guide to the Movies through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

Zeezok Movie Guide Review

Heather —  April 1, 2011
Cover of "Flyboys (Widescreen Edition)"

Cover of Flyboys (Widescreen Edition)

Zeezok’s new line of Z-Guides to the Movies is such a clever way to use multimedia for learning! I recently got to review these and knew Nick would especially enjoy this project if he could choose a movie he wanted. So, I asked him to take a look at what was available (they have many options). He chose Flyboys ZGuide to the Movies.

Each zguide contains a topic overview, movie synopsis, and ten learning activities for an in-depth study of the film. I was thrilled by the quality of the discussion questions and activities. The activities for Flyboys struck me as very well researched and thought out.

While I was thinking this would just be a fun little aside, in actuality, Nick studied quite a bit and ended up discussing some serious questions on morality and doing a big essay. It was fun to really go in-depth with a movie, look at the movie critically, while eating popcorn on the couch.

Among other things the zguides include a five day lesson plan for the teacher—which was nice to have–although we took longer as I decided this was a good jumping off point for a longer study.

Since Nick did this study, I asked his opinion.

Nick’s opinion:  “When I got this project I was excited because I got to watch a movie during school! The movie that my Z-guide went to was FLYBOYS directed by Tony Bell. The cast included James Franco, and Jean Reno.

It was a good movie.  The Z-guide made the movie better because it made me pay more attention to the details of the movie.

The Z-guide has 10 activities:

  1. Movie review Questions, the questions are just things that happen in the film like what color was James Franco’s plane.
  2. More about the Lafayette Escadrille, more questions
  3. For activity 3 I got to design my own insignia that I would put on my plane if I was a pilot.
  4. More about the planes they flew.
  5. Write an essay (not my favorite).
  6. A crossword
  7. Draw a recruitment poster.
  8. Questions about a dirigible as a weapon of war.
  9. Worldview. Here, we had questions asking us to think about people’s beliefs and behaviors in the movie. For one, in this movie I learned about racial prejudice during WW1
  10. And the filmmaker’s art part talks about the actual movie making part of the movie.

There are also questions for your family to discuss. I enjoyed this Guide it taught me more about World War 1. It also taught me more about World War 1 pilots, because for some of the questions you have to look it up on the internet. When I did look something up there were more things related to what I looked up causing me to read about the planes and some of the real pilots of WW 1. For example, I ended up looking at the types of gasmasks there were in WW1, and why pilots wore a white scarf.

Overall I really enjoyed this and I learned a lot of history while I had fun.”

You can purchase this ZGuide ebook for $12.99 on CD or with instant download. This eBook contains a printable pdf file of the complete study guide. Each guide is written to be used with a date specific production of the movie and that information is listed on the cover of the guide. You can purchase the movies from Zeezok or find at your library and all of them are available thru Netflix.

See the Zeezok website to see more ZGuides to the Movies, and  find them on facebook.

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I received The Zeezok ZGuide to Flyboys through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

Giveaway Winners!

Heather —  March 5, 2010

And the winner is…..

@dlhomeschool, who said… I follow/subscribe! =) You won the Zeezok Presidential Penmanship Curriculum!

And Jessica, who said  “We usually sleep in and then run errands together,” you won the Pillsbury Sweet Sunday Morning Gift Pack!

Congratulations, I hope y’all enjoy them!

Thanks to everyone who entered:)

And thank you to Zeezok and MyBlogSpark for providing the giveaway products!

Giveaways Ending Tomorrow

Heather —  March 3, 2010

I’m afraid Winter finally got to me and I am sick:) No genius posts from me today–But I do have two giveaways ending tomorrow, so put your name in the hat if you’d like!

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Pillsbury Sweet Mornings Gift Pack, http://faithfamilyandfun.com/?p=2558

And, Zeezok Presidential Penmanship Handwriting Curriculum (ages k-12 included)

http://faithfamilyandfun.com/?p=2472

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