Teacher Review for BrainPOP Jr.: Science

Awesome videos and linked assessments!

Melinda M.
Special education instructor
Bridgeview Elementary School
South Charleston, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
We use BrainPop Jr Weekly in my classroom as a supplement to my science and social studies lessons. We watch the videos as a whole class, then bring students up individually to answer assessment questions. Allowing my higher level students to answer assessment questions first then restarting the quiz and letting my students who need more supports answer allows those who need help see the questions answered once before they must answer, exposing them at least twice to the material before they are assessed. Our school also has a subscription to BrainPop, so we often go further in depth by viewing related videos on that site as well.
My Take
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.