Common Sense Review
Updated June 2014

BrainPOP: Health

From boogers to puberty, these fun videos are informative and painless
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Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Brainpop's Health module has nearly 150 animated movies organized into 6 major units.
  • Short, interesting clips help kids see both the big picture and the specific details.
  • Important -- though sometimes embarrassing -- body topics are tactfully addressed here.
Christie Thomas
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

BrainPop's Health offering includes almost 150 animated shorts on topics ranging from body systems to sports. Characters Tim and Moby go over the content clearly and with quirky humor -- a great mix for this age group. Teachers can use these short clips to help kids absorb details as they start to see the big picture; it's an excellent tool for both introductions and synthesis. Use the coordinating activities and worksheets as helpful additions.

Tim and Moby also serve as a humorous way into some wince-inducing topics, like boogers and puberty. The duo present all of the appropriate facts while managing to acknowledge a few embarrassing -- yet typical -- emotions, too. And beyond being kid-appropriate, the videos are educationally sound. Send your kids here when their curiosity extends to topics outside typical classroom coverage: acne, gender determination, or even the appendix.

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