Reach for the Sun Additional Features for MyBrainPOP Users

Have your students signed up for individual logins through My BrainPOP? If so, they’ll be able to take snapshots during Reach for the Sun game play! MyBrainPOP is available to BrainPOP Educators with 24/7 district- or school-wide subscriptions, and is easy for you to sign your students up. Check out our My BrainPOP FAQs for more info.

The SnapThought tool allows students to capture significant moments in their gameplay with opportunities for brief written reflection. To use the tool, start by making sure students are logged into My BrainPOP with their own individual accounts. Once students are logged in, the SnapThought tool will appear below any games that offer this capability.

During gameplay, students can click on the Snapshot tool up to 5 times per game. A thumbnail is generated and stored on the bottom left of the screen.  At any point in the game, students can click on their snapshot(s) and type a caption or response to a prompt, and save or submit it to your teacher’s account where you can view their data.

Keep in mind that students can take a snapshot during the game and then add the captions later. You may want to provide this alternative to avoid interrupting the flow of game play.  You can use the snapshots to facilitate discussion around game play and strategies, or have students submit the snapshots to you for assessment or accountability. Here are a few ideas for using the snapshot tool in Reach for the Sun:

  • Take a snapshot of your completed plant.
  • If you didn’t grow all possible parts, explain why you chose to grow the ones you did.
  • What parts of the plant did you focus on growing first? Toward the end?
  • Take a snapshot of a plant that will have difficulties gathering a certain resource. Explain which resource would be lacking and why.
  • Take a snapshot of the upgrades screen. If you had to choose only one upgrade to use, which one would it be? Why?
  • Take a snapshot of a fruited flower. Why is it important that the plant fruits? Describe the process you used to make the flower fruit.