• 18 Nov

    We’re well known for our popular educational animations and quizzes.

    But have you experienced the wealth of learning resources outside the movie? Watch this short video to learn more…

     

    • Curriculum Matching Toolbrowse our topics by the 2014 curriculum for England, or the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Find topics appropriate to to your students.
    • GameUp – your students may we well versed with our collection of learning games, but have you tried to accommodate them in class? They’re terrific for problem solving, critical thinking, and formative assessment. Go play and see for yourself!
    • Teacher Use – we have a whole section of teacher support materials, and examples of how teachers have blended BrainPOP into their practice.
    • FYIs (For Your Information) – can be found on every Topic page and provide lots of fascinating non-fiction writing. These can be particularly useful to raise literacy engagement with boys, whom research has shown react well to non-fiction texts.
    • Activities – Vocabulary sheets, worksheets, graphic organisers, practical exercises, KWL charts, and much, much more can all be found under the Activity button on the topic page. Use these to extend the learning and add extra flavour to your lessons.
    • Lesson Ideas – Created by BrainPOP educators, our Lesson Ideas will enrich your planning, and save you time.
    • Spotlights – Thematic collections of topics that cover such eclectic subjects such as digital citizenship, STEM, and British history. They contain topics from across disciplines and encourage students to think outside the confines of a specific subject.

    If you’re a school that would like to investigate any of our resources you are more than welcome to take out a free trial.

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  • 31 Jul

    We’ve added a new feature to BrainPOP UK’s Activities which makes them even more interactive. You could already type on them and now you can draw on them too!

    To see the new drawing tool in action, take a look at the screencast we’ve made showing how it works below.

    What are the Activities and how might they be used?

    Activities are worksheets related to a topic that extend and reinforce the learning. They can be found underneath every movie.

    Every Activity consists of at least a vocabulary sheet and often extension worksheets such as:

    • Literacy based “Complete the Passage” tasks where students must fill in the gaps in a written passage about the topic
    • Practical design and technology tasks such as “Design It” which include designing logos or building a bottle rocket
    • Graphic Organisers to help students structure their work
    • Higher order thinking tasks such as “Think About It” which can serve as good topics for essays

    Space Flight Activity

    As well as being able to print out the Activities and fill them out by hand students can also type directly into the screen and then print off their completed worksheet to be handed in or glued into their exercise book.

    And a brand new feature of the Activities is the draw and erase tool which allows students to use the mouse to draw straight onto the Activity and erase any of their mistakes with the eraser tool.

    BrainPOP UK Actvities drawing tools

    This means Activities that involve crossing out, circling, drawing etc. no longer have to be printed and done by hand. Students can just use the drawing tool and then print out the finished worksheet!

    BrainPOP UK Adjectives Activity

    To access drawing mode all you have to do is click the pencil at the bottom left of the activity then draw onto the page with the mouse. Click the eraser tool to rub out any mistakes. If you want to switch back to text mode then all you have to do is click on the capital T and click where you want to type as usual.

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  • 03 Apr

    We’ve added a new feature to BrainPOP UK this year which will make using our movies even more interactive – whether you’re in the classroom or at home.

    A sizeable number of topics on the site now include typeable and printable activities. And while we aim to have activities on every single topic by September you can rest assured that all new movies we’ve added from March forward are guaranteed to include activities.

    Here are our 5 top tips for classroom and home use.

    1. Thinking ahead 

    All activities are typeable and printable so, while they’re great for kids to fill out on-screen after watching the movie, they’re also a good tool to keep in mind when you’re planning.

    Because activities can be printed ahead of time students can fill them out as they interact with the movie too.

    Here’s a great effort at a “Complete the passage” page from a mini BrainPOPper:

    Completed activity

    Some activities include recall questions, as well as higher order thinking tasks, e.g. “Think about it”. The History of the UK activity sheet above contains a good example:

    Think about it

    This activity could be completed as a whole class but would probably work best in small groups or as homework.

    2. Get organised

    Some activities include creative graphic organisers such as this one from our new Main Idea movie:

    Inverted Pyramid Graphic Organiser

    We also have blank graphic organisers available on the site which are great for you to use in a variety of lessons, BrainPOP and otherwise.

    3. Vocabulary sheet

    Every single activity has at least a vocabulary sheet. You can use these with students before watching the movie to assess prior knowledge, focus attention, or demonstrate understanding. Using the vocabulary sheet helps familiarise students with key vocabulary they’ll encounter in the movie.

    It can also be used whilst your viewing the movie to practice note-taking skills. Remember to pause so students have time to write down definitions. Helpfully, words are listed in the order in which they appear in the movie.

    Here’s an example of a vocabulary sheet from the History of the UK movie:

    Vocabulary List

    4. Hands-on practical

    As well as activities which work on expanding vocabulary, exercising literacy and numeracy skills, we have included activities with a more “hands-on” practical element. For example, our Space Flight topic challenges the student to design a real rocket launch:

    Design it

    5. Time to spare? 

    In addition to integrating BrainPOP into lesson plans, remember that it only takes a few minutes to show a movie and take advantage of those in-between – unplanned – times by transforming them into teaching moments. Our class discussion page provides helpful tips on how to easily fit a lesson based on a news event into the curriculum you follow but you can also rely on activities to fill a quiet five minutes before lunch.

    For example, the Elvis Presley topic features a word search:

    Word Find

    However you choose to use them, make sure to take advantage of the pedagogical benefits available. A quick summary:

    • Activities are typeable and printable
    • Activity sheets are a helpful note-taking tool while watching the movies
    • Activities can be completed either as a whole class on an interactive whiteboard, individually, or in small groups
    • Return to the activity pages after watching the movie
    • Assign activities for homework

    As ever, if you have any classroom tips for how to use activities in lessons, we’d love to hear from you! Email info@brainpop.co.uk with lesson plans, tips and tricks.

     

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  • 07 Sep

    Graphic organisers engage students with online content by helping to apply learning, organise ideas, classify information, sequence events, or compare and contrast.

    We’ve produced a set of 30 printable graphic organisers which you can start using in class today. We’ve outlined a few examples of how to use them below but they’re a flexible resource so it’s entirely up to you how you choose to use them.

    By making use of the blank graphic organisers and other BrainPOP tools students can express their ideas in many ways.  When students explain ideas and processes in their own words, it encourages higher level understanding. You can also rely on graphic organisers as a tool to encourage less-able students to get started.

    A few essential tips:

    1. Have a completed example ready to give students an idea of the answers/ideas you’re looking for
    2. Watch the movie beforehand so you get a good idea of pause points for note taking
    3. Save your favourite graphic organisers to a file folder or integrate into your already existing lesson plans

    Literacy – Prewriting movie

    Organise your thoughts

    In writing, a little organisation can go a long way! In this movie, you’ll learn how to get your thoughts down on paper, as Tim and Moby introduce you to some organisational strategies for writing.

    • Find out Five Questions to ask yourself before you start writing, plus three different methods of organising and focusing your thoughts (Main Idea & Supporting Details can help with this!).
    • Learn how to use a Word Web to narrow your field and why it helps to have your thoughts in sequence (the Story Mountain is handy for this).
    • See how a Story Map can make your writing more exciting.

    Geography – Water Cycle movie

    Water Cycle

    Tim and Moby show you how water is transferred from lakes and seas, to the atmosphere and back to the ground. Graphic organisers can help students classify the information and apply a sequence to events.

    • Pause the movie at significant points so your class can record the basic process in the Flowchart – it might be more fun to draw diagrams of each process.
    • Learn what powers the water cycle and use Cause & Effect to show how important processes work. For example, heat from the Sun breaks down water molecules causing them to evaporate.
    • You’ll also see how our water supply is kept fresh and plentiful! Use Balloons to jot down a few of Tim’s suggestions.

    Scientific Investigation – Kinetic Energy movie

    Kinetic Energy

    In this movie, Tim and Moby tell you all about the energy of motion.

    • You’ll learn essential differences between kinetic and potential energy. Why not have the kids use the Compare graphic organiser at this point?
    • See how kinetic energy can be transferred from one object to another and how it can even be transformed into electricity. Have your students use Cause & Effect to record different examples of kinetic energy being transferred.
    • After watching, conduct an experiment to demonstrate potential and kinetic energy. Have the kids note down the details of the experiment on Experiment Observations.

    If you incorporate our graphic organisers into lessons we’d like to hear how you use them. We’d also love it if you could help us grow our library of resources by submitting your own graphic organisers.

    Email info@brainpop.co.uk with your classroom stories and your own graphic organisers and we guarantee you will be warmly rewarded!

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  • 31 Aug

    We’re going to be at the Scottish Learning Festival from 21st to 22nd September at the SECC in Glasgow. If you’re heading along you can find us on…

    STAND E7

    Do not forget this important piece of information. It will be the highlight of your show experience, we guarantee. Just ask these guys:

    Moby with @amweston and @relativism

    Moby with new BFFs @amweston and @relativism

    We’ll be showing off our new Graphic Organisers and brand new movies all tagged to Curriculum for Excellence.

    We’re also giving away handy evaluation booklets you can use with your class to get student feedback about BrainPOP. This way, the kids can let rip and tell you what they really think.

    Also, did anyone miss this last year?

    Well, if you did, make sure you catch the rematch this year. Moby says it’s going to be a beaut of a highland fling.

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  • 31 Aug

    It’s that time of year again! We’ve been cooking up a host of delights for you this summer.

    Well, the weather left so much to be desired, what else were we to do but camp out at BrainPOP HQ and come up with great new resources and features to delight subscribers this Autumn term? They sure are tasty delights, even if we do say so ourselves.

    Go on, take a back to school bite!

    NEW! Graphic Organisers

    Story Mountain Graphic Organiser

    Story Mountain Graphic Organiser

    A whole library of resources for you to take advantage of. We hope you can use these printable worksheets in all kinds of lessons, whether you use BrainPOP for the lesson or not.

    NEW! Back to School Topic

    Back to School Topic

    Back to School Topic

    In this movie, Tim and Moby give some sound advice on how to start the new school year in style. You’ll begin by learning how to stay safe on your way to school, and then get some tips at what to do at break time, how to behave in class, and why you should be nice to your teachers! You’ll also see how to set up a good place to do your homework after school and why staying up late is totally over-rated.

    “A Back to School topic’s all well and good” we hear you cry, “but what about Scotland? It’s like we’ve been back for months already!”

    And to you we say – dinna get crabbit! We’ve been adding new movies every week all through the summer break so you’ve a veritable feast to, erm, feast your eyes and ears on. See the latest additions here: New Movies.

    NEW! Improved Keyword Search

    New improved search

    1. Explore and discover new topics and resources – they are all searchable
    2. Predictive search allows means you don’t have to be a spelling whiz – if spelling isn’t your strong point, have a play with the search
    3. The search doesn’t only return topics and spotlights – you can now search across the whole site

    BrainPOP Buzz

    What's do you think of BrainPOP?

    We’ve been meaning to do this for ages but it’s only recently we had a minute to get it sorted. We’ve always had teacher testimonials on our homepage which we love and we recognise are incredibly valuable little gems from some of our most admired BrainPOP teaching crew. But do you know who the other important BrainPOP users are?

    Kids and parents of course!

    So, what do they think of it all? See for yourself:

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