Goosebumps – NPR

In this lesson based on a video from NPR Skunkbear they talk about why we still get goosebumps although they have no purpose. Students will talk about fears and react to quotes from famous people on the subject of fear.

Why Do We Get Goosebumps PDF

Why Do We Get Goosebumps WORD

Why Do We Get Goosebumps – Transcript WORD

Discussion Questions

What are most people scared of? Why do you think so?

Are you often moved by books, movies or music?

What do you like to do when the weather is cold?

Name something you might see in an old deserted house.

What do you think ghosts do all day?

What is something that becomes more active after the sun goes down?

Which is scarier, a vampire, a zombie, a werewolf, a witch or a ghost? Why?

What is your favorite scary activity?


Here are some famous people talking about fear. Do you agree with them? What do you think?


I love horror movies. I mean, who doesn’t like a good horror movie every once in a while? It’s fun to get scared.Tara Reid

A lot of people don’t want to make their own decisions. They’re too scared. It’s much easier to be told what to do. Marilyn Manson

To be honest, I’m scared to death of rollercoaster rides. Liam Neeson

Anyone who hates something feels threatened by it. A guy who says he hates feminism (a) doesn’t understand or know feminism, and (b) is scared of powerful women. Most attacks come from fear.Neil Strauss

Let me tell you something about full moons: kids don’t care about full moons. They’ll play in a full moon, no worries at all. They only get scared of magic or werewolves from stupid adults and their stupid adult stories. Neil deGrasse Tyson


‘Goosebump’ Picture by Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr

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