Before the Movie:

What are some different types of graphs that you have seen or used before? (Tap prior knowledge)

Why do you think there are so many different types of graphs? (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 2:50: How are dot plots and pictographs similar? How are they different? (Compare/contrast)

Timecode 4:00: How can showing trends be a powerful tool in a scattershot graph? (Make connections)

Timecode 5:07: What are the variables in this pie chart? (Identify details)


After the Movie:

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

What kind of graph would you use to track your improvement as you train for a 5k (5 kilometers) race? (Apply new knowledge)


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Graphs Topic Page to your class or have students read independently. Then have them watch the movie once through without pausing. Then, watch it again as class, this time using the discussion prompts.

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


Filed as:  Discussion Prompts, Graphs