BrainPOP is a great way to introduce a new topic or concept and get kids engaged. To set students up for active viewing, remember to pause the movies and engage kids when a new vocabulary word is introduced, paraphrase what just happened, or make a prediction.
TAKE THE QUIZ FIRST
Allow the students to occasionally take the quiz before watching the movie. This will call attention to main ideas and important details that are covered.
Stop the movie after the student letter is read by Tim and have students share what they already know about the topic. You can also pause the movie later if a question is raised, or if an issue excites interest.
Bookmark links of BrainPOP movies or GameUp games for students to watch and explore independently when they finish their assignments.
In addition to integrating BrainPOP into lesson
These classroom activities are designed to complement the Hibernation topic on BrainPOP Jr.
Host a Pajama Day, where students imagine what it would be like to sleep through the winter. First, have students research the change in hibernating animals’ body temperature, heart rate, and breaths per minute. Have students lie down on the carpet and count how many times they breathe per minute. Have them imagine what it would be like to breathe only once or twice per minute. Take one student’s pulse, which should be anywhere between 80 and 130 beats per minute. Now have the student imagine that his or her heart was beating only 5-10 times per minute, like a hibernating animal’s. Have the students think about how hungry they are for breakfast in the morning, and imagine how important food is for animals that are preparing for a long hibernation. Have students write or
Now that the school year is in full swing, remember to check out the BrainPOP Spotlight on Digital Citizenship. More than ever, classrooms are going digital, and it’s our job as teachers to help students understand appropriate online behavior and the importance of interacting respectfully.
From Copyright and Plagiarism to Cyberbullying and Internet Search, the Digital Citizen Spotlight provides a collection of useful content to help students understand their role as digital citizens. A thorough exploration of the Spotlight page can provide a roadmap for navigating the wild, wild world of the web. Your students will learn a lot, and you will too!
Once you’ve explored the Spotlight page and clicked through to its specific topics, be sure to visit each “Lesson Plans and Teaching Ideas” page. These pages feature topic-specific lesson plans, graphic organizers, movies, and quizzes that you can customize and remix to use with your own students.
Students of all readiness levels and experiences can enjoy and make the most of BrainPOP’s Creative Coding projects. Following are strategies and tips for all types of learners.
Learners with Disabilities
Learners Ready for a Challenge
English Language Learners
Learners with Disabilities
The following information for para-educators is adapted from the College of Education at the University of Illinois
Some students with disabilities may get frustrated and shut down when learning content that requires abstract thinking, such as computer programming or coding. This happens for various reasons, including not having sufficient prior knowledge, not developing problem-solving strategies, and requiring more guidance and scaffolding when there are multiple approaches to solving a problem. Some students also prefer to work independently, finding it challenging to work with peers.
Following are tips and strategies for to ensure that students have a successful experience with the Creative Coding projects
- Preview the project and any
Introduce these key terms using easy-to-understand language and by relating the concepts to students’ experiences. Incorporate the vocabulary whenever possible, even when offline, and encourage students to use the terms in oral and written communication.
ANONYMOUS: having a hidden identity
APP: short for “application,” a computer program that performs a specific set of functions
BIAS: an attitude or prejudice that favors a way of feeling or acting over another
BOT: short for “robot,” a program, or sequence of computer code, that runs on the Internet; bots can be created to accomplish a specific task more quickly than a human
BUG: error in a program that keeps it from running as it should
CLICKBAIT: sensationalist headline or link to an article, blogpost, or other Internet content that exists for the purpose of attracting attention, or “drawing clicks.” Once a user clicks on the headline or