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 Community in Crisis: The Aftermath.

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 Community in Crisis: The Aftermath.

“Not It” SnapThought Prompts

  • The first time you see a staff member express frustration with a client, take a snapshot. Do you think resolving conflicts between clients and staff should be part of your job? In one or two sentences, explain why or why not.
  • When you see the notes about Herb Benson, take a snapshot of his picture. Write three sentences describing his appearance and what it suggests about his life right now.
  • Take a snapshot of any dialogue you don’t understand. Write a line or two explaining what you could do to help yourself figure out the meaning of what is being said.
  • Take a snapshot of any character’s response to the decision you made at the end of the day. Based on the response, do you think you made the best decision? Why or why not? Write your answer.

“Trust Me” SnapThought Prompts

  • Everyone has a different idea about how to keep Common Ground safe from thieves. Take a snapshot of your favorite idea. Write 1-2 lines saying why you think it’s a good idea.
  • Take a snapshot showing someone’s idea about keeping Common Ground safe that you don’t agree with. Write at least two sentences supporting your opinion.
  • A subplot—a second, less important plot—centers on the cat Kwesi. Take a snapshot of any screen related to this subplot. How do you think the story about Kwesi will end? Write a prediction.
  • Take a snapshot of your favorite part of Clive’s presentation to the governor. Write him a note explaining why you like that part.


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