Before the Movie:


Where do you think rain comes from and where does it go after it hits the ground? (Make predictions)

What would you like to know about the water cycle? (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 00:49: What is the relationship between evaporation and condensation? (Make connections)

Timecode 1:50: What are the steps of the water cycle? (Identify sequence of events)

Timecode 2:20: What is the difference between runoff and groundwater? What are the similarities? (Compare/contrast)


After the Movie:


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


How might air pollution affect the water cycle?  (Identify cause/effect; Draw conclusions)


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Water Cycle 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.