Before the Movie:

What is hibernation? What animals do you know of that hibernate? (Tap prior knowledge; Predict)

What do you hope to learn about hibernation? (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 0:55: How do humans adapt to cold weather seasons? (Identify problem/solution)

Timecode 1:41: How might hot summer weather affect an animal’s metabolism? Why is an animal likely to have more energy during the summer? (Identify cause/effect)

Timecode 3:09: In what ways is torpor different from full hibernation? (Compare/contrast)


After the Movie:


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


How do different animals in your area respond to cold weather? (Make connections)


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