• 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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  • 03 Oct

    Up for a rescue mission? Take responsibility to reboot, recycle and reuse with this Spotlight on your world. Take advantage of our collection of teaching resources and activities all to do with earth awareness.

    Reboot, Recycle, Reuse hompage

    Topics included in Reboot, Recycle, Reuse include:

    We’ve also got a fantastic Recycling Lesson Idea from David Rogers (@daviderogers), Curriculum Leader for Geography at the Priory School in Portsmouth.

    And, to encourage you to get your green hat on, we’ve produced a Green Moby poster:

    Free recycling poster download

    Click image to start download

    Download and pin it up at school or at home so you always remember Tim & Moby’s earth awareness tips.

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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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