Before the Movie:


What do you use a dictionary to do? Why might you use a thesaurus? (Tap prior knowledge)

What do you hope to learn about dictionaries and thesauruses? (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 1:14: How do you use guide words? (Explain)

Timecode 2:28: What are three uses for dictionaries, apart from finding the common meaning of a word? (Apply new knowledge)

Timecode 3:15: Why might searching by theme be difficult for an unfamiliar word? (Draw conclusions)


After the Movie:


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


What have you used a dictionary for? (Reflect


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Dictionary and Thesaurus 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.