New Year's

Five... Four... Three... Two... One! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby wish you a Happy New Year as they take you on a tour of some New Year’s customs around the globe. You’ll learn why not everyone celebrates New Year’s at the same time, and what most New Year’s celebrations have in common. Discover which culture burns a doll stuffed with things representing the new year; which culture eats twelve grapes at midnight; and which culture celebrates the new year for fifteen days! You’ll also learn what country to visit if you want to celebrate with donuts...and what country to avoid if you want to steer clear of burning tar barrels. Happy New Year!

Lesson Ideas for Using BrainPOP to Teach About Holidays

BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. offer lots of movie topic pages for the holidays. Here are some ideas for incorporating them into your classroom instruction: Have students generate and answer their own FYI questions related to a particular holiday. As a class, read the FYI questions on the holiday's movie topic page. Ask students to suggest additional questions about the holiday that were not answered in the movie or on the FYI page. Students can work collaboratively to choose one question to research as a group. Have them share their findings in a class Google Doc or blog post which uses the same format as BrainPOP's FYI. Have students read the responses that other groups composed and facilitate a discussion around them. See more »