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 Riddle Books.

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 Riddle Books.

  • Read the word problem carefully. Then take a snapshot and type at least three keywords and/or phrases in the word problem that will help you turn it into a mathematical equation.
  • Before you click the green “check” button, take a snapshot. Explain why you choose the numbers and labels that you did, and why you arranged them in the way that you did.
  • After clicking the green “check” button, take a snapthought. What mathematical operation(s) will you use to turn your visual into an equation? Explain your response.