Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Religion, and supports the standard of analyzing the role of religion in human culture and society. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display this image from the movie (timestamp 1:03):

Ask students:

  • What symbols do you recognize? What do you think they mean?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Religion topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the 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 religion 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: Make a mini-documentary describing one religion featured in the BrainPOP movie. Include details about its cultural significance for practicing communities. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas) 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting monotheistic and polytheistic religions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that celebrates the diversity of world religions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete the Religion Graphic Organizer, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Religion Quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Culture Unit: Continue to build understanding about diverse beliefs and practices with more BrainPOP topics.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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