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 Wuzzit Trouble (or Wuzzit Trouble Jr for K-3)!

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 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.

To avoid interrupting the flow of game, students can take snapshots during the game and add their written reflections later. 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 Wuzzit Trouble:

  • Take a snapshot before deciding how many times to turn the gear. Predict how many times you will need to turn it to collect the key or keys in one move. Explain WHY it will take this many turns.
  • Take a snapshot after you turn the gear. Confirm your prediction. If you were not able to collect all the keys in one move, explain how you will do it differently on your next attempt.
  • [For levels 1-4 and higher] Take a snapshot before turning the gear. Which direction (clockwise or counterclockwise) do you predict will allow you to collect the most keys or trophies in the fewest moves?
  • [For levels 1-4 and higher] Confirm your prediction. If you were not able to collect all the keys and trophies in the fewest moves, explain how you will do it differently on your next attempt.
  • What strategy (e.g., skip count, multiply, divide) did you use to collect keys and trophies? When it didn’t work, what did you try next?
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