Pop Culture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about pop culture with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that defines the term and explains the evolution of pop culture, then demonstrate understanding through play-acting, a quiz, and a creative writing activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'pop culture'
  • explain how pop culture has changed over time
  • describe pop culture in different time periods


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Pop Culture: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Images that easily depict pop culture concepts, such as fashion pictures (people wearing bell bottoms or bee hives) and record covers
  • Access to internet-enabled technology

Key Vocabulary

  • Pop culture

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Divide students into small groups of three or four students and give each a pop culture image from a different time period.
  • Tell groups to look at the picture together, then write a brief description.
  • Now have groups take turns describing their image as classmates try to guess what it is, then share.
  • Discuss:
    • What features stood out to you most in this image? Why?
    • How does this image show a time different than today?
    • What ideas or feelings do you have from looking at this image?
  • Tell students these are examples of pop culture. Share prior knowledge on the topic.

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