Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the DNA Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


Before the Movie


What do you know about DNA?

When have you heard people talk about DNA?


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 2:06: What might happen if a protein doesn’t work?

Timecode 2:20: Why does DNA have to construct so many different types of cells?

Timecode 2:57: Why is the word “code” a good descriptor for what DNA does?

Timecode 3:54: How do DNA base pairs ensure our unique chromosomes?

Timecode 3:31: How could researchers map a human genome if every human has unique chromosomes?

Timecode 5:01: How does the fact that DNA is so adaptable reinforce Darwin’s theory?


After the Movie


Why is your DNA different from that of your siblings?

What are the potential benefits of gene therapy? What are the potential drawbacks?


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