Have your students signed up for individual accounts? If you have a school-wide subscription to BrainPOP, students will be able to use our SnapThought ® tool to play Antibiotic Resistance!

The SnapThought tool allows students to capture meaningful moments in their game play 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 game play, students can click the SnapThought tool up to five times. A thumbnail, or “snapshot” is generated and stored on the bottom left of the screen.  At any point in the game, students can click their snapshot(s), type a brief reflection, which may be a response to an open-ended prompt, and save or submit to the teacher’s account for you to review and respond to.

You can use the SnapThought tool to facilitate discussion around game play and strategies, or have students submit their snapshots to you for assessment or accountability. Here are a few ideas and prompts for using the SnapThought tool in Antibiotic Resistance.

  • Take a snapshot of the introductory screen before playing. What do you already know about bacteria and antibiotics? Write down some facts and assumptions.
  • Take a snapshot during gameplay when red-toned bacteria start to appear among the blue. Explain what’s happening.
  • Near the end of the game, try to fill the screen with angry red bacteria. Take a snapshot and explain how you did this, and how it relates to antibiotic resistance in real life.
  • With a partner, design the following experiment: Run the last game for one minute without dosing antibiotics. Take a snapshot right at 60 seconds. Run the same trial but dose antibiotics at 15, 30, and 45 seconds.  Take a snapshot at 60 seconds. Compare your two snapshots. What conclusions can you draw?
  • Predict what would happen if you dosed every 10 seconds. Run another trial and take a snapshot at 60 seconds. Compare your prediction/hypothesis to the outcome. What variable would you adjust in this simulation to have the most success in avoiding antibiotic resistance?