BrainPOP Jr.'s Social Studies module is a collection of clever videos and content for younger kids. Videos are divided into several sections, from American history and ancient history to biographies, holidays, economics, geography, and more. Kids and teachers can sort videos by topic or choose to view them one by one. Each one comes with video-specific links to lesson ideas, activities, quizzes, games, and background info. The site lists the videos and lessons that are Common Core aligned.
A few of the videos, like the one on U.S. Symbols, are free, but you'll need a subscription to view the majority of content on the site. However, teachers can freely access a section about best practices, as well as an extensive FAQ page; both of these add tremendous value to the site.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
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.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
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.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.