BrainPOP
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Pros
Videos and interactives are engaging and make tough subjects easy to understand.Cons
Teachers will need to provide deeper learning opportunities to supplement the site's simplistic explanations.Bottom Line
Cartoon videos in this extensive collection break down ideas in clever and thoughtful ways.The My BrainPOP dashboard lets teachers keep track of classwide learning, monitor quiz results, and provide feedback on student work. Teachers have access to student concept maps made from the MakeAMap feature and can create custom assessments with the Quiz Mixer. Training materials are found in the BrainPOP Educators hub.
A wide range of videos broken down into content areas and topics touch on all the main areas of a curriculum. While the quizzes are shallow, other interactive elements could create more meaningful learning experiences.
A help section is readily available, as is a tour of the site. Englishlanguage learners can access BrainPOP ESL (not included as part of a BrainPOP account). Teachers have access to BrainPOP Educators for training and resources.
Teachers can use BrainPOP to introduce new topics into the classroom. After watching the video as a class, have students create concept maps that specifically address connections between the keywords and images in the content. Individual logins are available for teachers and students, or the content can be shared with the whole class. You can print out materials such as quizzes, but students can submit their work for feedback online as well. BrainPOP Educators offers PD and training opportunities, lesson ideas, best practices, and other resources to help you with integration into the classroom.
BrainPOP offers a separate space for younger students, BrainPOP Jr., and a space for Englishlanguage learners, BrainPOP ESL. Unfortunately, these require separate accounts and cost more money.
Editor's note: In the past, Common Sense Education has partnered with BrainPOP. However, Common Sense Education's reviews maintain editorial integrity and independence.
Read More Read LessMoby and Tim "host" animated videos on BrainPOP, a website that teaches students about a wide range of challenging topics such as genetics, geometry, and economics. It's easy to get lost in the mountain of videos, but the site is logically arranged, with most videos sorted by content. Monthly features, such as a February spotlight on U.S. presidents, keep things relevant. The Tim and Moby videos are the bread and butter of BrainPOP, but each video comes with links to quizzes, deeper reading materials, activities, and sometimes games from BrainPOP GameUp (a featured video game section that forges further connections). Students can also make concept maps with the MakeAMap feature, which can then be shared with teachers.
MyBrainPOP helps teachers keep track of learning, allowing them to see quiz results, do classwide analysis, and provide feedback on learning. It also provides access to the Quiz Mixer, a custom assessment creator. BrainPOP Educators is a resource community available for lesson ideas, news, and training.
Read More Read LessThe videos on BrainPOP are surprisingly effective and engaging and simplify complex issues in a short amount of time. Students can take quizzes in Classic Mode or Review Mode, the latter requiring a correct answer to move ahead. The questions are of the standard multiplechoice variety, so there is very little critical thinking taking place. Students will more than likely skip the reading materials unless directed there by the teacher.
When available, games such as Sortify and Time Zone X allow students to apply some of the knowledge they learned in the video. The MakeAMap activity lets students create custom concept maps with keywords, images, and their own writing. This sort of creation material can be powerful, but students will need guidelines and goals to make sense of their meaning. Overall, BrainPOP is logical, wellthoughtout, and enriching.
Read More Read LessKey Standards Supported
Language  
L.4: Conventions of Standard English  
L.4.1  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 
L.4.2  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. 
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use  
L.4.5  Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. 
L.5: Conventions of Standard English  
L.5.1  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 
L.5.2  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. 
Vocabulary acquisition and Use  
L.5.5  Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. 
L.6: Conventions of Standard English  
L.6.1  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 
L.6.2  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. 
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use  
L.6.5  Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. 
L.7: Conventions of Standard English  
L.7.1  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 
L.7.2  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. 
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use  
L.7.5  Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. 
Reading Informational  
RI.4: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
RI.4.7  Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears. 
RI.5: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
RI.5.7  Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. 
RI.6: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
RI.6.7  Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue. 
RI.7: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
RI.7.7  Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words). 
Speaking & Listening  
SL.4: Comprehension and Collaboration  
SL.4.2  Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. 
SL.5: Comprehension and Collaboration  
SL.5.2  Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. 
SL.6: Comprehension and Collaboration  
SL.6.2  Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study. 
Expressions And Equations  
6.EE: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Arithmetic To Algebraic Expressions.  
6.EE.3  Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. 
Geometry  
4.G: Draw And Identify Lines And Angles, And Classify Shapes By Properties Of Their Lines And Angles.  
4.G.2  Classify twodimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles. 
5.G: Classify TwoDimensional Figures Into Categories Based On Their Properties.  
5.G.3  Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles. 
7.G: Solve RealLife And Mathematical Problems Involving Angle Measure, Area, Surface Area, And Volume.  
7.G.4  Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle. 
Measurement And Data  
4.MD: Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts Of Angle And Measure Angles.  
4.MD.5  Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement: 
Number And Operations In Base Ten  
5.NBT: Understand The Place Value System.  
5.NBT.1  Recognize that in a multidigit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left. 
4.NBT: Generalize Place Value Understanding For MultiDigit Whole Numbers.  
4.NBT.3  Use place value understanding to round multidigit whole numbers to any place. 
Number And Operations—Fractions  
5.NF: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Multiplication And Division To Multiply And Divide Fractions.  
5.NF.3  Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. For example, interpret 3/4 as the result of dividing 3 by 4, noting that 3/4 multiplied by 4 equals 3, and that when 3 wholes are shared equally among 4 people each person has a share of size 3/4. If 9 people want to share a 50pound sack of rice equally by weight, how many pounds of rice should each person get? Between what two whole numbers does your answer lie? 
Use Equivalent Fractions As A Strategy To Add And Subtract Fractions.  
5.NF.1  Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.) 
4.NF: Extend Understanding Of Fraction Equivalence And Ordering.  
4.NF.1  Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions. 
Operations And Algebraic Thinking  
4.OA: Use The Four Operations With Whole Numbers To Solve Problems.  
4.OA.1  Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations. 
The Number System  
6.NS: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Multiplication And Division To Divide Fractions By Fractions.  
6.NS.1  Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions by fractions, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. For example, create a story context for (2/3) ÷ (3/4) and use a visual fraction model to show the quotient; use the relationship between multiplication and division to explain that (2/3) ÷ (3/4) = 8/9 because 3/4 of 8/9 is 2/3. (In general, (a/b) ÷ (c/d) = ad/bc.) How much chocolate will each person get if 3 people share 1/2 lb of chocolate equally? How many 3/4cup servings are in 2/3 of a cup of yogurt? How wide is a rectangular strip of land with length 3/4 mi and area 1/2 square mi? 
Compute Fluently With MultiDigit Numbers And Find Common Factors And Multiples.  
6.NS.4  Find the greatest common factor of two whole numbers less than or equal to 100 and the least common multiple of two whole numbers less than or equal to 12. Use the distributive property to express a sum of two whole numbers 1–100 with a common factor as a multiple of a sum of two whole numbers with no common factor. For example, express 36 + 8 as 4 (9 + 2). 
7.NS: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Operations With Fractions To Add, Subtract, Multiply, And Divide Rational Numbers.  
7.NS.1  Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram. 
7.NS.2  Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers. 
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