Teen Beach Movie

Happy Wednesday Love Bugs,

Teen Beach movie debuted on the Disney channel last July, and it must have made quite the impact on my students because as soon as they came back to school in August, that is all I heard them speak of for weeks.  I decided to check it out for myself, and purchased the movie.  Since I do movie days as a positive reinforcement in my class, I figured they would work hard to earn the right to watch this film.

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This movie follows two teens, Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell), that mysteriously travel back into the 1960’s in a movie called “Wet Side Story”.  They spend all their time trying to figure out how to get back to the present time, but learn about friendships and relationships along the way.  I feel the film shows kids a way to come together no matter what you look like or who you hang out with.

One of my favorite aspects of the film were the various songs.  They had a touch of 1950s and 1960s style songs which I really loved.  The dance moves are classic and resemble that of the original West Side Story and Grease.  I also loved the colors and ‘summery’ feel to it.  This movie would make for the perfect summer sleepover or birthday party luau.

Since I cant have either of those celebrations for my students, I decided to learn the dance moves to one of the popular songs in the film, Crusin’ for a Bruisin’.  The DVD does not include a tutorial of the dance moves, however, after watching it a few times, I was able to get the hang of it.  During our monthly movie day, I taught the moves to my kids as a special treat.  My students absolutely loved learning the dance moves and exercising with their teacher!  Many of them told me they felt like they could dance just as good as the stars in the film.

The bonus features on the DVD are also very neat.  Being that I was a dancer for 14 years, the behind the scenes dance rehearsals brought me back to the 90s when I danced every day for hours on end. The kids also loved seeing the never before seen song and dance number that was included.

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The DVD also includes a surf board zipper pull.

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Since my fourth graders are being tested in writing this year, I also used this movie for writing centers.  I gave them a topic that was related to the movie and had them journal it every day.  It was a good formative assessment to gauge how well they write so that I can see what needs work on.

Some of the topics I used were:

  • Which character can you relate with in the film? Why?
  • Have you ever been surfing before?  If so, describe its level of difficulty.  If not, where would you like to surf and why?
  • Do you think that groups of people should only be friends with others that look like themselves?  How did the bikers and surfers differ in the movie?  How were they alike?
  • What character trait did Mack demonstrate in the film?  How did her personality differ from the other girls?
  • How are Mack and Brady’s character alike?  How are they different?

Do you love Teen Beach Movie too?  Comment below!

XO NAT

Disclosure: All pictures and opinions are my own.

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