Ever hear the phrase ‘Like father like son?’ In this BrainPOP movie on heredity, Tim and Moby will teach you all about how you inherit your looks, height, size and chemical make-up from your parents! You’ll also meet 19th century scientist Gregor Mendel, who used short and tall pea plants to study heredity, and British mathematician Reginald Punnett, whose Punnett Square lets you predict what you would get if you crossed a tall plant with a short plant. If you’ve always wanted to know why you’re taller than your parents, or why you have blue eyes when your parents have brown eyes, then check this movie out!

Vocabulary Development Lesson Plan: Using a Word Map

Students explore and make connections between terms and concepts associated with a BrainPOP topic.   This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

DNA Lesson Plan: Produce a Newscast

In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades 4-12, students explore BrainPOP features and resources to learn about DNA, focusing specifically on the modern uses of DNA. Students will produce a newscast about one of the ways we’re using DNA today. See more »

Sex Determination Lesson Plan: Make a BrainPOP-Style Movie

NOTE TO EDUCATORS: The movie featured in this lesson plan explains the genetic origins of sex traits during fertilization. Due to the sensitivity of this topic, consider previewing the movie before showing it to the class.

This lesson plan, adaptable for grades 3-8, invites students to explore BrainPOP resources to learn about DNA and its role in determining gender. Then they’ll create a BrainPOP-style movie that answers the question of how sex is determined. See more »

Oncology Lesson Plan: Cancer Identification and Treatment Science Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use a free online game to play the role of an oncologist who must identify and treat cancerous tumors in patients. In addition to to furthering science and health understandings (including key vocabulary terms related to cancer and oncology), students will practice finding the main idea of a conversation and develop critical thinking skills. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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