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 Counties Work.

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 Counties Work.

  • Before you click “Let’s Do It!” in response to a citizen’s request, take a snapshot and explain why you’re accepting the idea.
  • When you plan to “Reject” a citizen’s idea, take a snapshot and explain why you are rejecting.
  • Before clicking “Assign Project,” take a snapshot. Explain how you know that you’ve taken this citizen to the correct location. If you’re unsure, explain why you’re unsure.
  • Click the “Adjust Taxes” button (in the bottom left corner) and take a snapshot. Write one reason why you might increase monthly sales tax, and one reason why you might decrease it.
  • Before you decide on a project, take a snapshot and explain why you are accepting or rejecting the project.