Common Sense Review
Updated October 2014

BrainPOP Jr.: Reading & Writing

Videos and more explore the written word, from basic to complex
Visit Website
This module is part of the Website BrainPOP Jr..
Common Sense Rating 5
  • Each subject has sub-topics that address very specific learning themes.
  • A short video introduces and delves into the topic, covering key vocabulary and concepts.
  • A wealth of supplementary materials include online games, quizzes, and printable activities and worksheets.
  • Topics also link to an educators' site with lesson plan ideas and additional support.
Mieke VanderBorght
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 5
How Can Teachers Use It?

BrainPOP Jr.'s 48 reading and writing lessons touch on a wide range of topics, including basics like phonics as well as more advanced skills like how to write an essay. Because there's such a variety, it's good to first spend some time browsing through what's available. As you plan, be sure to take advantage of the site's wealth of games, activities, lesson plans, and extension ideas.

New or struggling readers may benefit from some individual use -- have them immerse themselves in some reading fundamentals. It's best to experience the more advanced videos and activities as a whole class, especially when launching a new unit or exploring something new. Your kids can learn about Dr. Seuss and visiting a library before visiting a local branch to discover and research other great authors. Or, have your kids learn about descriptive writing (using all five senses) before kicking off a creative writing portfolio project. Kids may also enjoy browsing on their own -- give them time to dive into whatever topic might pique their interest.

Read More Read Less

See how teachers are using BrainPOP Jr.

Lesson Plans