Before the Movie:

Which continent do we live on? What other continents do you know? (Tapping prior knowledge)

How might a continent’s location on Earth affect its climate? (Predict)


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 1:02:  Why do you think that some people might consider North and South America one continent? (Make inferences

Timecode 2:14: Why do you think there are no permanent residents on Antarctica? (Make connections)

Timecode 3:26: How does density or size of population affect a continent’s culture? (Draw conclusions


After the Movie:

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

Which continent would you most like to live on and why? (Support an opinion)

BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Continents of the World 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.