Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, K-3

In the BrainPOP ELL movie, Endangered Species (L3U1L1), Ben and Moby visit the aquarium where they see endangered species and discuss how people can help save them. In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades K-8, students use the endangered animals vocabulary and content, and what they know about the different parts of speech, to play games, build sentences, and create their own game or presentation.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Find examples of parts of speech in BrainPOP movies, features, and games.
  2. Classify words according to their parts of speech.
  3. Create a word sort or matching game.
  4. Creatively define and illustrate parts of speech in a poster or video.
  5. Give content-based presentations using technical vocabulary.



Academic Vocabulary:
Parts of speech, verb, noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, interjection
Passive, active, present simple, third form of the verb, past participle
Species, endangered, endangered species, habitat, law, extinct

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Build Sentences. Working in small groups, students write five examples of each of the eight parts of speech on color-coded sticky notes or index cards, one example word per note or card. Groups then exchange them with another group. Now group members build sentences from the words they have received. Remind them to add words they may need, such as articles, and to conjugate the verbs as needed. Call on volunteers from each group to write their sentences on the board underlining and naming the different parts of speech. For correct word order, refer students to Brainpop ELL's lesson, We Planned the Trip (L2U5L4).
  2. First, Do Research. For information about Parts of Speech, encourage students to do one or more of the following: Watch the last part of the Grammar section in Endangered Animals (L3U1L1). Watch the BrainPOP movie Parts of Speech.
  3. Movie Word Sort. Guide the class through making a Closed Word Sort with the new words from the movie Endangered Animals (L3U1L1), as well as other words from the movie that you want to reinforce. The categories are the eight parts of speech. Students work with a partner to write down examples from the movie, sorting the words into the proper categories.
    Alternatively, or as an extension of this activity, have students create flash cards with any words they choose, and sort them into the eight parts of speech.
  4. Make a poster or video. Have students make a poster or video defining and illustrating the eight parts of speech. Tell them to include the definitions and/or examples.


BrainPOP Movies
Parts of Speech