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 Vital Signs.

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. 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 Vital Signs.

“High Anxiety” SnapThought Prompts

  • Take a snapshot of Sofia after she’s self-diagnosed. Explain the dangers of self-diagnosing by searching on the Internet.
  • Take a snapshot of the moment when Marianne suspects that anxiety is Sofia’s real problem. Explain why Marianne suspects anxiety.
  • Take a snapshot of any dialogue you don’t understand. Write a line or two explaining what you could do to help yourself figure out the meaning of what is being said.
  • Take a snapshot of any character’s response to the decision you made at the end of the day. Based on the response, do you think you made the best decision? Why or why not? Write your answer.

“Dad Genes” SnapThought Prompts

  • Take a snapshot of Thamid’s dad at the beginning of the game. Why doesn’t he want to come to the clinic? What does Brendan thing is the real reason?
  • Take a snapshot at a moment in the game when Marianne took initiative. Explain how she took initiative and why
  • Take a snapshot of any dialogue you don’t understand. Write a line or two explaining what you could do to help yourself figure out the meaning of what is being said
  • Take a snapshot of any character’s response to the decision you made at the end of the day. Based on the response, do you think you made the best decision? Why or why not? Write your answer.

“Act Up” SnapThought Prompts

  • Take a snapshot of one of the initiatives Austen has started to help Fog Hollow. Describe the initiative.
  • Take a snapshot of the moment you chose Brendan or Austen to lead the team. Why did you make that choice, and what was the result.
  • Take a snapshot of any dialogue you don’t understand. Write a line or two explaining what you could do to help yourself figure out the meaning of what is being said
  • Take a snapshot of any character’s response to the decision you made at the end of the day. Based on the response, do you think you made the best decision? Why or why not? Write your answer.
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