There aren’t a lot of opportunities in a standard curriculum for students to think philosophically. Hopefully, teachers still find ways to give them time for such discussions. In the past, I’ve written about the Kids Philosophy Slam and Teaching Children Philosophy as resources for integrating philosophy into the classroom. Both of those offer ways for students for K-12 to become philosophers.
8-Bit Philosophy would be better for older students – middle school and above. The topics are a little “heady” for elementary. However, I think tweens and teens would really enjoy the fun graphics in these short videos, and they would definitely spark some interesting conversations. There are currently 7 episodes available. Each one is between 2-4 minutes long. The subjects range from, “Do humans operate like computers?” to “Can we be certain of anything?” (After watching the latter, I’m only certain that we can’t!)
As always, preview any videos before showing them to students. Religion is discussed in several of these, and there is a bit of video game-ish violence.