Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Autism, and supports the standard of understanding and respecting the diversity of human traits. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to reflect on the diverse strengths of their classroom community. Ask students:

  • How do members of our classroom contribute to our community in different ways? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Autism topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the five Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about autism while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a PSA explaining how you can be a good friend to classmates with autism.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas and summarize key details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying and explaining the variety of traits encompassed by the autism spectrum. (Essential Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit honoring the societal contributions of Temple Grandin and Greta Thunberg. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas and summarize key details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Autism Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Autism Quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Genetics, Growth, and Development Unit: Continue to build understanding around inheritance and variation of traits with more BrainPOP topics.

Social-Emotional Learning Collection: Continue to build understanding around empathy and respect with BrainPOP’s six-week SEL curriculum that addresses the five CASEL competencies.

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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