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 the Atom Touch game!

SnapThought 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 the Marvelous Models game.

  • In the States of Matter activity, take a snapshot before identifying the state of matter. Predict the answer and explain why. Then click to see if you’re right.
  • In the Temperature activity, take a snapshot after changing the temperature either lower or higher. Describe how the temperature affects the atoms’ behavior and the state of matter.  
  • In the Volume activity, take a snapshot when you think you’ve created a solid. Explain why you think it’s now a solid.   
  • If you played in the Sandbox, take a snapshot of your finished product and describe what you constructed.