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 Earthquake Game!

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 the Earthquake Game.

  • Before playing the game, take a snapshot. Look at the timeline at the bottom of the screen, and then at the drawings of cities in the middle of the screen. What do you think is the relationship between the timeline and drawings of cities?
  • Click to place a point anywhere on the screen. Wait and watch what happens. Then, take a snapshot and explain what happened, and what has changed on
  • Take a snapshot while playing the SP game to explain what shape or pattern your epicenters make to hit the city. Explain why this is so.
  • Take a snapshot while playing the Triangulate game to explain why you need three points to best find the location of the earthquake.
  • Take a snapshot of your misplaced position while playing the GPS game and explain your logic for your next position based on your attempt and the timeline below.