Before the Movie:

What were your biggest challenges during distance learning last spring? How did you solve them?  (Identify problem/solution)

What goals do you have for this coming school year? (Set goals


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 2:12: How can structure help you stay on top of your schoolwork?  (Identify problem/solution)

Timecode 3:21: How can adding the word “yet” to the end of statements help you when you are struggling with distance learning, or with anything? (Identify problem/solution

Timecode 5:25: How does practicing gratitude and meditation promote a growth mindset? (Identify cause/effect)


After the Movie:


Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Back to School 2020 topic. (Make connections)

Think of a goal you have for this school year. Identify how it addresses each element of SMART or revise it if it doesn’t. (Make connections)


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Back to School  2020 Topic Page to your class. Then show the movie once through without pausing.  Watch it again, this time using the discussion prompts.


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