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 Game Over Gopher game!

SnapThought 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 Game Over Gopher game.

During the first 20 minutes of play:

  • Why is this part challenging?
  • What is your favorite tool for feeding the gophers? Why?

After 4o minutes of play:

  • What are some hints you can give other students about passing the bonus levels?
  • How does the game get more challenging as you advance levels?
  • What strategies did you use to master each level?
  • What is different about the scale for the x-axis and the y-axis in later levels?
  • Are there any hints you can give other students about passing the bonus levels?
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