Before the Movie

Why is it important to protect our heads? (Tap prior knowledge; Predict)

Why is the brain an important part of the body? (Tap prior knowledge)


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 1:43: What are some ways people get concussions? What causes the harm in concussions? (Identify cause/effect)

Timecode 3:07: Why is it hard to tell if someone has a concussion? (Identify details)

Timecode 3:40: What are the symptoms of concussions? (Recall)


After the Movie

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

What are some ways you can protect your head? (Apply new knowledge; Identify problem/solution)

How might certain sports affect athletes’ brains? Why is it important to know that concussions are not obvious? (Identify cause/effect; Make inferences)


BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Concussions 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.