BrainPOP offers animated educational movies, quizzes, games, activities, and other resources for students in grades 3-12. Each of our more than 750 topics features a short animated movie starring a boy named Tim and his robot friend, Moby. Tim and Moby introduce learners to concepts in the areas of Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health, Technology, and Arts & Music. The movies are supplemented with resources including a quiz, activities, related games, a timeline, and a selection of high-interest reading. BrainPOP resources are aligned to state content standards as well as the Common Core. For a complete visual explanation see the video below.
Yes, all BrainPOP movies are closed-captioned. You may pause and restart movies at any time, so that students can read at their own pace. To turn on captions, simply click the “cc” button next to the movie player controls.
GameUp is a collection of educational games from leading game creators, including Common Sense Media, Filament, iCivics, LGN, and many more. These games give students an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned on BrainPOP, and also hone their critical thinking skills. Each game has its quiz, which can help you assess whether players have transferred what they’ve learned in the game to the underlying concepts. GameUp is accessible from the BrainPOP home page. Additionally, a GameUp button on selected topic pages links to related games.
BrainPOP Educators is a collection of tips, tools, and resources to inspire and support teachers, parents, tutors, and everyone else who educates young people. Found at educators.brainpop.com/, it features a blog that announces new BrainPOP features, hosts guest bloggers, and follows current events from the world of educational technology. On BrainPOP Educators you’ll find resources including lesson plans, calendars of events, and creative suggestions for using BrainPOP in the classroom.
Yes they are! At educators.brainpop.com/academic-standards, you’ll find a searchable database that correlates BrainPOP topics and games to Common Core math and English standards. You can even search by grade level. The database allows you to correlate BrainPOP movies with curriculum standards from individual states and Canadian provinces.
Not at the moment. There are a number of reasons why we don’t offer answer keys, including the fact that we are currently upgrading all quizzes so that each contains four answer options; more higher-order thinking questions; and in some cases, images. We understand that quiz answer keys would save many teachers time and effort; it is possible that we may offer them sometime in the future.
We do have answer keys available for the activity pages upon request.
BrainPOP movies embed key learning concepts within a fun narrative starring Tim and Moby. The animations run between three and five minutes, and are ideal for introducing, reviewing, or exploring concepts. Important keywords, figures, dates, and concepts appear on screen, and the movie may be paused at any time to encourage class discussion.
Every BrainPOP topic contains a multiple-choice quiz testing the material covered in the movie. The quizzes are composed largely of higher-order thinking questions, which challenge students to make inferences, apply concepts, and synthesize new ideas with prior knowledge. Teachers with full BrainPOP subscriptions can access additional quizzes, and even write their own, with the Mixer™ at BrainPOP Educators. This feature can be found at educators.brainpop.com/my-quizzes/.
Every BrainPOP topic features a “Lesson Ideas” button. Click it, and you’ll find lesson plans, Mixer™ quizzes, correlations to state and Common Core standards, activities, and graphic organizers related to that particular topic.
A special Activities page accompanies every BrainPOP topic. These printable pages give students the chance to answer open-ended questions about each topic, display their knowledge of specific issues, fill out graphic organizers, and research vocabulary words related to the movie. This last feature is a particularly good resource for ESL/ELL students.
Each BrainPOP topic page contains an FYI section. This section contains four to six high-interest, informational text selections that deepen understanding of the topic and sharpen literacy across subject areas.
Each month, BrainPOP highlights movies in two relevant areas. For example, February is Black History Month. So, movies about Martin Luther King, Civil Rights, Frederick Douglass, and blues music are highlighted, and lesson plans about these topics are easily accessible. For a complete list of spotlights, visit www.brainpop.com/educators/spotlights/.