BrainPOP Jr. offers animated educational movies, quizzes, games, activities, and other resources for K-3 students. Short movies follow the characters Annie and Moby as they explore topics across different subject areas: Science, Math, Reading and Writing, Social Studies, Arts and Technology, and Health. All BrainPOP Jr. resources are aligned to K-3 curriculum. Movies are accompanied by a set of features including leveled quizzes, writing prompts, graphic organizers, games, and more. These features extend the concepts taught in the movie and allow young learners to apply what they have learned. Nearly all text on BrainPOP Jr. is read aloud, reinforcing reading skills and allowing young learners to navigate the site with more independence.
BrainPOP Jr. movies – each running three to five minutes – serve as an engaging way to introduce, review, or further explore a concept. We suggest previewing a given topic before sharing it with students. Throughout the movies, “Annie” poses questions that appear on her notebook (printable). When she does, you’ll see the “pause” button turn red, indicating a good time for class discussion. Have your students make connections and predictions. We recommend exploring a movie and its features over the course of a unit.
GameUp is a collection of vetted educational games from leading game creators including Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, and the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. These games give students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned on BrainPOP Jr. and hone critical thinking skills. GameUp is accessible from the BrainPOP Jr. home page. You can learn more about our game-based learning initiative here.
Two different-leveled quizzes accompany each BrainPOP Jr. movie. The questions and their answers are all read out loud when the mouse cursor is hovered over them. This reinforces reading skills and also helps test for content knowledge and not reading ability. The quiz questions address higher order critical thinking skills and contain grade-appropriate vocabulary.
Each quiz also has a print option as well, for more traditional classroom use.
Each topic has an educational game that allows students to apply what they’ve learned from the movie. The game may involve sequencing or matching, or it may require students to create a picture. Some topics also feature games created by our GameUp partners.
The Word Wall is a set of vocabulary words and definitions that are taken from the movie. Each word and definition is read out loud to help develop reading skills. You can print these words out and put them on your class’s word wall. You might use the Word Wall as a warm-up activity to get students familiar with the terms before they watch the movie.
The Talk About It is a prompt and graphic organizer that accompanies each movie. Each topic has a different graphic organizer, including Venn diagrams, KWL charts, sequence charts, and more. You can print these out or share them through an interactive whiteboard. You may want to complete the Talk About It as a whole class activity or have partners complete them on their computers.
The Write About It is a writing prompt. Students may be asked to write a paragraph, a short story, a letter, or even a poem. Like all prompts on BrainPOP Jr., the Write About It is read out loud when you hover the mouse.
The Draw About It is a drawing prompt. Students may be asked to draw their answer to a math story problem or draw a food web. We recommend having partners describe their drawings to each other. BrainPOP Jr.’s features are designed to address and appeal to different learning styles.
The Read About It provides reading recommendations that further explore the topic. These are books recommended by fellow educators. All the books are K-3 friendly. Students who are interested in a topic may want to check these books out from their local library.
The Belly Up is a comic that follows two goldfish, named Frank and Joey. The comic extends the concepts taught in the movie, but is not read out loud. Students can read the Belly Up to each other or even act it out in front of the class.
The Lesson Ideas include resources from BrainPOP Educators, our resource and professional development site for teachers. Each Lesson Idea page includes background information about the topic, along with suggested activities you can do in the classroom or have the kids do at home with their families. These activities are short and engaging and quick ways to dive into a topic.
The Big Word Wall can be accessed off the homepage. It is a collection of all the vocabulary explored in BrainPOP Jr. topics. All the words and definition are read out loud and each come with a link to the movie where the vocabulary was explored.
The Bulletin Board can be found on the homepage. This is a collection of writing and artwork submitted by students. All of the works are about a BrainPOP Jr. topic. Student can submit their work to our Bulletin Board via mail. A parent or guardian will need to include a completed permission slip along with the work.