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

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 BeastBox.


  • Take a snapshot of an ecosystem. What is the climate in that ecosystem? What is one animal that lives there?
  • Take a snapshot when you’ve found all the animals for an ecosystem. Describe what you found challenging.
  • Take a snapshot of an animal you’d never heard of before. Describe the sound it makes.
  • Take a snapshot of your favorite animal. Why is it your favorite?
  • Take a snapshot of another animal or ecosystem. Share one fact about it.
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