Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic United Nations, and supports the standard of analyzing examples of cooperation between nations. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Ask students: 

  • What do you think might be the purpose of the United Nations?  HINT: What does the name “United Nations” bring to mind?


  • Read aloud the description on the United Nations topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “In Depth” or “Did You Know?” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a news report identifying the objectives of the United Nations, and the methods it uses to work towards them. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting the United Nations with the League of Nations. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag symbolizing the role of the United Nations in the global community. 


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the United Nations. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How is the United Nations general assembly like a government? 
  • In what ways has the U.N. been successful in meeting its objectives? In what ways has it not been successful?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the United Nations Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Learn more about the U.N.’s predecessor with BrainPOP’s League of Nations topic. 


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments