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 iBiome Wetland!

The SnapThought tool allows students to capture meaningful moments in their game play with opportunities for brief written reflection. 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 per game. 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 iBiome Wetland.

  • Take a snapshot before building the bio dome. What do you know about the freshwater marsh biome? What do you hope to learn?
  • Take a snapshot after dragging an item to its spot in the bio dome. How did you decide if the item was environment, producer, or consumer?
  • Take a snapshot after using “Adding a Species”. Which species did you add? How many? What effect did it have on the ecosystem?
  • After playing the game, take a snapshot. What is something new you learned about freshwater marsh biomes?
  • After or during game play, take a snapshot. Why is it important to maintain the balance of an ecosystem?

 

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