Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Apollo Project topic page. Then use the following prompts to encourage a class discussion before, during and after watching movie.


What do you know about Apollo 13?

What do you hope to learn about Apollo 13?


During  (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 1:11: What was Sputnik 1 and why was it important?

Timecode 1:29: Why was America determined to get to the moon first?

Timecode 3:18: What happened to Apollo 13? How did lunar  modules help save the lives of the three astronauts on board?

Timecode 4:14: In what ways was the Apollo Project a huge technological achievement?


What did we learn from the Apollo Project?

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

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments