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 Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case 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 Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case game.

  • Take a snapshot of an artifact. Is it a primary or secondary source. How do you know?  
  • Take a snapshot of new evidence and describe how it fits with what you already know.
  • Take a snapshot of a new character in the game. What would you like to ask him/her?
  • Take a snapshot of staff directory. How did Jo figure out that the archivist took Teddy?
  • Read and take a snapshot of the Celebrate Earth Day poster. How do you celebrate Earth Day?