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 Flap to the Future.

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 Flap to the Future.

  • Before starting the first level, take a snapshot of your dinosaur character (Tawa). Describe some of its adaptations. What are its legs and arms like? How might these features help or hurt Tawa?
  • When you reach the next level, take a snapshot. How is Microraptor similar to Tawa? How is it different? Give a few specific examples.
  • Take a snapshot of Microraptor. Do you think Microraptor is more like a dinosaur or a bird? Explain your thinking.
  • Take a snapshot at a challenging point in the game for you. What’s difficult about this part of the game? How does the difficulty relate to the dinosaur’s body structure?
Filed as:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Flap to the Future