Grade Levels: 2, 3

In this lesson plan, students use BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about Harriet Tubman. They’ll discover how she escaped slavery, and later risked her life to lead others to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Students then apply their understanding by completing an on- or offline concept map, identifying actions that show or express Harriet Tubman’s bravery and heroism.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Build background knowledge: Watch the BrainPOP Jr. Harriet Tubman movie.
  2. Express understanding: Complete an on- or offline concept map identifying actions or other details that show how Harriet Tubman was a hero.
  3. Complete an Assessment: Take the Harriet Tubman Quiz to show what they learned.



Lesson Procedure:

  1. Tap students’ prior knowledge. Ask them to share what they have heard about the Harriet Tubman and/or the Underground Railroad? NOTE: Many children may not know anything about this topic, and that’s okay. In that case, you can share a few facts about Tubman from Harriet Tubman Background Information. 
  2. Watch the BrainPOP Jr. movie Harriet Tubman. Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and answer it. Then play to see how Annie answers it.

    TIP: the pause button turns red to remind you to pause.  

    Offline Option: Print out the transcript and Annie’s Notebook for a grown-up to read aloud at home. Suggest that the child play Moby and “Beep” in response to Annie.
  3. Instruct students to open their Make-a-Map assignment. Or, if you are not using the Assignment Builder, show how to open Make-a-Map
  4. Instruct students to make a concept map identifying actions and other traits that show Harriet Tubman’s bravery and heroism. Model how to use Make-a-Map. Start a new map by selecting “create new.” Then click a node from the menu sidebar, and put it in the center of the screen. Type “Harriet Tubman”. Then show how to add keywords and images from the movie to their maps. Finally, demonstrate how they can play the movie, clicking the camera to take a moment from the movie and add it to their map. When students finish, remind them to click the Submit To Teacher button and/or print out. r button.

    Offline Option: Students complete an offline concept web writing words and drawing pictures that show Harriet Tubman’s character.

  5. Have students open their Quiz assignment. Or, if you are not using the Assignment Builder, show how to open the Quiz. You can choose the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz
  6. To hear the questions and answer read aloud, show students how to hover over the words. If you assigned the quiz, you will see students’ results in your Dashboard. If not assigned, remind students to click the Submit to Teacherr button.

    Offline Option: Print out the Quiz for students by clicking the print icon.  Read aloud each question and answer options, repeating as needed.