Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014

BrainPOP: Social Studies

Charming videos let kids explore the many facets of society
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This module is part of the Website BrainPOP.
Common Sense Rating 4
  • The Social Studies landing page is well-organized and kid-friendly.
  • The FYI section offers bonus information and activities, including real-world examples.
  • Each subject highlights a short video, with other content surrounding it.
  • Activities can be printed and filled in or kids can type in answers.
  • The Q&A section includes questions that pertain to kids and their lives.
Amy Lauren Botula
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

BrainPop's Social Studies offering addresses almost everything about how people behave in society. It's broken down into seven sections: Culture, Economics, Famous Historical Figures, Geography, U.S. Government and Law, U.S. History, and World History. There's also a section to help kids “learn the things that people do,” ranging from airport security to being an Olympian. This much information would be overwhelming if it weren't so well-organized, visually appealing, and accessible. Complex social concepts, historical events, and government entities are explained in a light, genial tone that kids will appreciate. However, sometimes this tone could come across as too casual when dealing with sensitive subjects, so be sure to preview material before you turn kids loose.

For lesson ideas, you can always go directly to the BrainPOP Educators section, but even without the lesson plans, there are a ton of activity options for your classroom. You can watch the short videos during class time, or use a flipped model and have kids watch at home. These social studies lessons lend themselves well to creative activities; have students explain a complex topic by writing their own comics in the style of the site. For a research project or presentation, the Famous Historical Figures section is a great place to have kids find a captivating topic.

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