Before the Movie:


How do you think the new coronavirus is affecting the U.S. Postal Service?  (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 0:56: Why is the USPS going to run out of cash and what will happen when it does?  (Identify cause/effect)

Timecode 1:20  How could problems with postal service affect the upcoming elections? (Draw conclusions)

Timecode 1:56: What is the Universal Service Obligation? (Summarize)

Timecode 3:45: How can kids help the USPS? (Recall)


After the Movie:


Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Post Office News Story. (Make connections)

Why do you think tax dollars don’t support the post office? Should they? Explain your answer. (Reflect)

BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Trouble for the Post Office News Story 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.