Before the Movie:


What do you know about Mars?

Why do you think humans have always been fascinated by Mars? 


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 1:17: What are some ways Mars is similar to Earth?

Timecode 2:32: How has newer technology added to our knowledge of Mars?

Timecode 4:04: Why is the discovery of flowing water on Mars so important?


After the Movie:


Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Mars Topic


Why are complex life forms thought to be non-existent on Mars? Do you think scientists’ opinions will change? 


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