Before the Movie

What do you think causes change of season? (Predict; Tap prior knowledge; Identify cause/effect)

Which season is your favorite? Why? (Make connections


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 0:58: Why are the days longer and hotter in the summer? Why are they short and cold in the winter? (Identify cause/effect; Compare and contrast)

Timecode 1:15: How do the tropics differ from other places on the globe in terms of seasons? (Contrast)

Timecode 1:33: Why is it light outside even at night during the summer in the Artic Circle? Why is it dark all day in the winter? (Make inferences; Identify cause/effect)


After the Movie

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

What is something new you learned about the seasons? (Recall)


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