Teacher Review for BrainPOP Jr.

A great way to "hook" your students and introduce a new concept!

Stacy V.
Classroom teacher
Burchfield Primary School
Allison Park, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, 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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use BrainPop Jr. to introduce new concepts. Usually I present it whole group but the ease of navigating the site can make it adaptable to individual use as well. The videos are entertaining and easy for my first graders to follow. The students are very engaged while watching these educational videos. There are also other activities to go along with each video. You can find lesson ideas for extended learning, games/activities, and quizzes, however these do vary in quality. My students usually like to take the quizzes after each video watched and want to "show me what they've learned". We will sometimes complete the "write about it" activity together too.
My Take
Each year my students absolutely LOVE Annie and Mobie! They dance and clap as the video begins to play and then their eyes are gravitated to the screen. I've found this app and the videos available to be a wonderful introduction to my lessons. While there are quite a few free videos most require you to purchase annually and it is a bit pricey. I recommend browsing over the concepts to see if they will apply to you but the great thing about Brain Pop Jr. (especially at the first grade level) is that there are so many videos that are applicable to what I am teaching.