Before the Movie:


Why do you think it’s important to wash your hands regularly? (Tap prior knowledge)

Why do you think you need to use soap, and not just water, when washing your hands? (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 1:14: What can you infer is the meaning of the prefix “hydro-“? (Make inferences)

Timecode 1:46: How do surfactant and hydrophilic qualities work together? (Draw conclusions)

Timecode 2:41: What has to occur in that 20 seconds of washing for your hands to be virus and bacteria free? (Summarize)


After the Movie:

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


Why does soap make your skin dry?  (Explain)

Why is cleanliness essential in hospitals? (Draw conclusions)


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the How Soap Works News 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.