How I Use It
BrainPOP Jr is an engaging resource in my classroom that is readily accessible through both school and home on an android device, Apple product, or desktop computer. There are free resources available, but to get the most out of the website, you must have your school system purchase a subscription. I use the movies to introduce new content or reinforce previously taught skills. Annie will ask questions on her notebook that promote critical thinking skills with my students. The pause button will turn red to allow time to pause the movie and have a discussion with my students. Each movie has different activities to extend and reinforce the topic. I use the quizzes with my students at the end to test out their understanding of the movie. The word wall feature shows different vocabulary mentioned in the movie as well as a definition. I often will use this both before and after the movie to gauge what we already know and to define the words at the end. We often will add these words to our writing center word wall as well for students to include them in their writing. The talk about it feature contains a graphic organizer that you can take notes as a class. I will often use this before, during, and after the movie to record what we already know, what we learned, and what we still have questions about. The draw about it feature will ask a question and the students will be asked to draw their answer. I will normally do this with dry erase or in their notebooks and choose one student to do their drawing on the smart board. The write about it is a question or a prompt that allows students to write a short answer response. We often in my kindergarten classroom, use this as a discussion or I will use this as a challenge for my higher groups. Each topic contains a game either through brain pop or their partner website game up. The games allow for students to apply what they learned about the topic. The lesson idea icon takes you to a site for teachers that give you lesson plan ideas that are aligned with the common core and activities. They also provide home extension activities that my kindergarten team will include in our homework packet. My students enjoy using BrainPOP Jr. and are thrilled to hear the opening music signaling we will be using it today in our lesson.
BrainPOP Jr features movies, activities and quizzes, exploring curriculum through content areas such as science, reading and writing, math, arts and technology, social studies and health. Everything is read out loud when the student hovers over making our learning to read learners know what is going on and how to navigate around the website. Each content area is broken down into units. When you click on units they are broken down into topics. You can watch the animated movies in different sizes and turn on closed captioning that will reinforce reading and listening.The short 3-5 min movies have two characters Annie and Moby, who use humor and questioning to get the students involved and thinking about the topic. It is appropriately geared to k-3 learners. I liked that is aligned with the common core standards and covers many of the topics in my kindergarten classroom. The different features on the websites allows for my students to dig deeper into the topics by taking the quizzes. It allows for multiple learning styles to be addressed by using features such as drawing, writing, and discussing about the content. With the easy set up and layout of the website, it allows for all teachers to be able to use this resource in their classroom.