BrainPOP's science offering is easy to incorporate and fun to use. Science teachers will love the accurate content and appropriate vocabulary, and kids love learning while laughing along the way. Show videos during whole-class instruction, then have students take the quiz together by voting on the correct answers (the “review quiz” –- which requires a correct answer -– is best here). Or, if students are working at different stations around a classroom, have some computers available (with headphones) as a BrainPOP-viewing station. Here, do the quizzes in “classic” style, so you'll get information on students' success. In a flipped-class scenario, students could watch BrainPOP videos from home, completing activity sheets and quizzes when they return to school.
BrainPOP is great for introducing a topic, sharing necessary vocabulary, or reviewing within a unit. However, it's not designed to help kids create their own scientific understanding or challenge their preconceptions. Because they're short, and because kids love them, BrainPOP's clips are at the very least a great way to fill unexpected, end-of-class minutes, or as a transition activity. They can also be used as an extension activity, allowing more advanced students opportunities for enrichment.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Earth’s Place in the Universe
Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
Matter and Its Interactions
Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.