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Pictographs Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page provides information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about pictographs. It is designed to complement the Pictographs topic page on BrainPOP Jr.

Help children quantify information in the world around them by teaching them how to read and understand graphs and collect, organize, and display data. This movie will explain how to read and create pictographs. It will also discuss tally charts and tally marks. You may wish to view the Tally Charts and Bar Graphs movie as extension or review.

Review with children that a pictograph is a graph that organizes and shows information using pictures. Display a pictograph and discuss it together or play the movie and pause when a pictograph is on the screen. Point out the title and labels. Explain that the key is a chart that explains what symbols or abbreviations mean. Remind children that a key might show that

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Bullying Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about bullying.  The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Bullying. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning.

Bullying is the act of intentionally harming someone physically, verbally, or psychologically. Bullying is often repeated over time and involves an imbalance of power. Acts of bullying include hitting, pushing, or other unwelcome touching; teasing and name-calling; repeated exclusion of an individual from games and activities; sending threatening or mean-spirited messages (such as texts, chats, voicemails, or e-mails); or spreading of hurtful rumors. Bullying and cyberbullying, or bullying that occurs online, are sensitive issues for many children, educators, and families. We recommend plenty of discussion before and

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Engineering and Design Process Background Information for Teachers, Parents, and Caregivers

This page provides information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about engineering and design process. It is designed to complement the Engineering and Design Process topic page on BrainPOP Jr.

Remind children that engineering is the area of science and technology that explores designing, building, and improving things to solve problems. Explain that engineers often collaborate, or work together, to solve a range of different problems from inventing tools that allow us to gather information about our world to building homes and planning cities, and much more! Lead a discussion about contributions made by the engineering and design community.

Review that engineers follow a process for solving problems. First they find and understand a problem. Invite children to think of a problem. What do people struggle with every day? What do people do or use that can be improved? Encourage children to think of a way to

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