Listening and Speaking Skills Lesson Plan: Using the BrainPOP Featured Movie

Submitted by: Angela Watson

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-3

In this collection of presentation skills lesson ideas, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to develop listening, speaking, and research skills. Each idea is designed to help students deepen their understanding of a variety of standards-based concepts.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Develop listening, speaking, and research skills.
  2. Deepen their understanding of a variety of standards-based concepts.


  • Internet access


The BrainPOP Featured Movie is your free go-to resource for FREE timely and calendar-aligned digital content. Rotating daily, it covers a range of relevant topics including current events, historical figures and milestones, holidays, and much more. You can embed the Featured Movie into your class blog or website for easy viewing or download the app!

The free movie can be used in conjunction with a variety of BrainPOP Jr. topics all throughout the year! Check out the Curriculum Calendar to see in advance which movies which will be free each day, and use only the ones that are relevant to your curriculum. Or, expose students to a variety of topics and ideas by integrating the Movie of the Day into your daily instruction!

Lesson Procedure:

  1. The following are ideas to get you started using the featured movie of the day:
  2. Use the Featured Movie to explain and discuss events in the news, from political situations to natural disasters to sports events.
  3. Foster online discussions using the Featured Movie on your blog or web site. Have students debate a topic or question from a movie in the comments!
  4. Use the Featured Movie quiz to see what students already know about a given topic.
  5. Integrate the BrainPOP Featured Movie app with other great apps to make postcards for Moby, create BrainPOP comics, and give Tim’s shirt an extreme make-over based on the day’s topic.
  6. Play the Featured Movie at the start of each day. If your students do not arrive to school at the same time, play the movie through several times if needed. Allow students to explore the related features afterward, respond to a related writing prompt (perhaps one provided in a BrainPOP activity or BrainPOP Jr. Write About It feature), or add to a BrainPOP journal that records what they learn through each day's Featured Movie.
  7. Incorporate the Featured Movie into your daily classroom routines like a morning meeting.
  8. Use the Featured Movie to aid in transition times, such as immediately before or after lunch or specials classes, or during times when groups of students are leaving the classroom to get drinks or use the restroom. Display the related features for each movie afterward and use these to facilitate discussion until the class is ready to begin the next lesson.
  9. If your subscription plan includes home access for students, invite students to watch the Featured Movie after school. Post a discussion question on the board the following day and allow students to talk about what they learned in the movie. Or, form a BrainPOP Lunch Bunch or BrainPOP Snack Pack and encourage students to sit with you during their lunch/snack times to talk about the movie!
  10. Another idea for home subscriptions is to ask students to watch a set number of movies each month for homework. Allow them to select the movie topics that interest them most and complete a related feature (quiz, activity, etc.) You may want students to keep all of these assignments in a journal or notebook so that they can look back at what they've learned throughout the year.
  11. Tell us how YOU use the Featured Movie. Share your great ideas, support our professional learning family, and get published on BrainPOP Educators Community!