Updated October 2014

BrainPOP Jr.: Science

Make science pop with amusing activities plus literacy strategies

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  • Science
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Pre-K-4
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BrainPOP Jr.'s Science module includes a host of elementary science concept coverage. In addition to topics like animals, plants, habitats, conservation, matter, energy, weather, and space, there's also a section just for science skills. Every topic has a video, a game, lesson plans, worksheets, and quizzes. What's more, literacy tools are available to help kids read, write, and talk about science.

While the videos are informative and fun, kids will learn best when they also do the accompanying lesson ideas. In “Sink or Float,” kids first watch cartoon characters try to make sense of the concept. The following partner activity empowers student scientists to predict and test which items will actually float. Click on “Talk about it” for ways to encourage more science discourse in your class. While these may look like yet another worksheet, they're best used as tools to help kids make sense of science through conversation. Even though BrainPOP Jr. isn't currently aligned to the Next Generation of Science Standards, teachers should be able to find materials that meet these expectations, perhaps with a bit tweaking.

Standouts:

  • Sink or Float?: Watch a video and then try to predict what will float.
  • Tally Charts and Bar Graphs; Talk About It: Gather tally data from classmates about their favorite sports.
  • Matter Sorter: Place examples into categories, Tetris style.
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Melinda M. , Special education instructor
Special education instructor
Bridgeview Elementary School
South Charleston, WV
Awesome videos and linked assessments!

BeInPop Jr is great, but I wish it more closely followed the format of BrainPop....the videos flow smoother and are more concise in that product. My students with special needs sometimes lose focus by the end of the videos in jr.

Within the SAMR model, BrainPopJr falls within Substitution & augmentation....instead of merely looking at a pic of a cell in a textbook, we can fly around a 3d model of a cell, and practice labeling the parts. Learning is energized and engaged, and could be further pushed up the SAMR model by having students create their own BrainPop style videos to further expand on other topics.

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