Looking for topic-specific, grade-appropriate informational texts? BrainPOP’s got you covered! Every BrainPOP topic features a set of up to 6 nonfiction, informational “FYI” articles that dig deeper into the BrainPOP topic to extend student learning. You can find the FYI feature right on the home page.
The high-interest, fact-filled FYI articles cover a broad range of categories from stats and graphs to geography, biographies, nature, politics, and much more!
In addition to encouraging students to explore topics more deeply, FYIs seamlessly provide opportunities to practice important reading comprehension skills, such as making inferences, identifying main ideas and details, comparing/contrasting, etc. In an effort to strengthen students reading of informational texts, BrainPOP now offers a text highlighting activity as one of several Challenge tasks associated with some topics (see Frederick Douglass as an example). This task helps students focus on essential information in a text, whether it’s highlighting clues to make an inference or identifying key vocabulary. Students can apply what they learn from the text-highlighting Challenge tasks when reading FYI articles.
Let us know how you’re using FYIs in your classroom. Share your ideas in the comments field below.