BrainPOP Jr. is a great way to introduce a new topic or concept and get kids engaged. To get students in the habit of active viewing, remember to pause the movies and engage kids when a new vocabulary word is introduced, paraphrase what just happened, or make a prediction.
TAKE THE QUIZ FIRST
Allow the students occasionally to take the quiz before watching the movie. This will call attention to main ideas and important details that are covered.
Stop the movie after each question is asked by Annie and have students share what they already know about the topic, what they think the answer to Annie’s question might be, and their thoughts on the topic.
Bookmark links of BrainPOP Jr. movies for students to watch and explore independently when they finish their assignments. Looking at our Topics Page will help you find related movies.
In addition to integrating BrainPOP Jr. into lesson plans, remember that it only takes a few minutes to show a BrainPOP Jr. movie and take advantage of those in-between times by transforming them into teachable moments. It is also a great way to introduce a new topic or cover a current event.
BEYOND THE MOVIES
With BrainPOP Jr., movies are just the beginning. Try a few of the related activities or explore GameUp on BrainPOP Jr., the Belly Up comic, or our “Word Wall” feature. Bring learning to life.
“COME ON DOWN!”
Take those BrainPOP Jr. quiz questions and answer them in the style of your favorite game show to increase energy and enthusiasm! “Contestants” can press a buzzer or ring a bell as they race to share answers.
READY TO RESEARCH
Need to research a topic? Check out our Topics Page to look at related subjects which will expand your knowledge. Whether you’re looking for a starting point or a more in depth investigation, use BrainPOP Jr. with your students to search for safe and reliable information.
SIGN YOUR ANSWER
Teach your students the letters for A, B, C and D in American Sign Language and have them raise their hands with the sign for the answer they choose during the quizzes. One student can easily tally votes to identify the most popular choice.
Limited technology in your classroom? Make BrainPOP Jr. work for all of your students! Choose a movie each week that you’d like each student to watch and introduce it on a Monday. Set up a computer rotation schedule so that each student has a chance throughout the week to complete the movie and related quiz or activities.
Purchase inexpensive headphone splitters to allow two partners to watch a BrainPOP Jr. movie together. Foster collaboration by encouraging them to discuss, draw, or write about what they learned together.
BRAINPOP JR. ON THE GO
Have tablets or other mobile devices? Take advantage of our BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week App. Students can watch a movie and take the quiz anywhere in the classroom or school.
For a printable list of these tips, download the Ideas for BrainPOP Jr. In the Classroom (PDF) version!