June Curriculum Connection + Spotlights
Are you looking for creative ways to tie BrainPOP to your curriculum this month? Do you want fun suggestions for movies students can watch during summer break?
Check out these curriculum connection highlights for the month of June, or view the BrainPOP Educators online Curriculum Calendar for additional tie-ins:
♦ June 2: Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on this date in 1953. Celebrate her coronation and her grandson’s recent wedding!
♦ June 5: Take advantage of topics including Ecosystems and Humans and the Environment (BrainPOP) and, for K-3, Rainforests, Arctic Habitats, Freshwater Habitats, and Deserts – it’s World Environment Day.
♦ June 6: K-3 teachers, introduce your students to prolific children’s book writer Cynthia Rylant, born today in 1954. It’s also the anniversary of D-Day: show our World War II movie and talk about why we remember this date.
♦ June 8: It’s World Oceans Day: BrainPOP offers Oceans, while BrainPOP Jr.’s got Ocean Habitats. Plus, Frank Lloyd Wright was born on this date in 1867. Learn about his special art form and influence with our Architecture movie.
♦ June 9: Secretariat won the Triple Crown today in 1973. It’s the perfect occasion for our Horses movie.
♦ June 11: On oceanographer Jacques Cousteau’s birthday, go beneath the surface with our Underwater World movie .
♦ June 12: Today marks Anne Frank‘s birthday – remember the young diarist and learn about her ordeal. On another note, The Tony Awards take place tonight! Watch our Drama movie and find out why “the play’s the thing.”
♦ June 14: Alois Alzheimer, the doctor who first wrote about the disease that would one day be named for him, was born on this date in 1864. Our Alzheimer’s movie can tell you more. The Continental Army was officially established today in 1775; show our Causes of the American Revolution and Armed Forces movies. K-3, teachers, talk to the class about U.S. Symbols on Flag Day.
♦ June 16: It’s a big day in Computer History – IBM was founded 100 years ago today!
♦ June 17: On the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775), show our American Revolution movie.
♦ June 18: You say it’s your birthday? It’s Paul McCartney’s birthday too! Celebrate the legend with our Beatles movie. Today also marks the first time an American woman headed into space – show our Sally Ride and Space Flight movies.
♦ June 19: Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery – our Slavery and Harriet Tubman (K-3) movies can help kids make sense of this ugly chapter in history. On a lighter note, talk about Heredity on Father’s Day.
♦ June 25: The Battle of Little Bighorn – aka Custer’s Last Stand – was fought today in 1876. Get the story with our American Indians movie.
♦ June 26: Kick off the FIFA Women’s World Cup with our Soccer movie.
♦ June 28: The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on this date in 1914 ultimately sparked World War I.
♦ June 30: It’s Meteor Day – rock the class with our Asteroids movie.
We also have two curriculum spotlights for the month of June: Weird Science and Grammar.
In our Weird Science spotlight, we’ve included everything from Bruises to Bats to Boogers. Yuck! Explore those strange carnivorous plants and creatures from under the sea, including giant squid and cnidarians. We’ve even included some topics that are literally out of this world such as black holes and aliens.
June’s additional spotlight on Grammar includes topics that cover grammar, punctuation, and fun with words. Help students put the brakes on those run-on sentences and polish their writing with the correct use of hyphens and dashes, semicolons and capitalization. Encourage them to add some variety to their work with our Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms movie while getting to the root of their words with the Etymology movie. The BrainPOP Jr. spotlight offers Possessive Nouns, Tenses, Capital and Lowercase, Types of Sentences, and much more.