Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the String Instruments Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


Before the Movie

What are some string instruments you know of?

What do you hope to learn about string instruments?


During the Movie (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

Timecode 0:37: How do string instruments produce sound?

Timecode 0:59: What determines how high or low the pitch is on a stringed instruments?

Timecode 1:53: How does a resonator work?  

Timecode 3:15: Why is a piano both a percussion and a stringed instrument?  

Timecode 4:49:How does python skin affect the sound of an erhu?


After the Movie

Which is your favorite string instrument? Why?

What is something new you learned about string instruments?


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.