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BrainPOP Science: How the World Works

BrainPOP is an interactive website that features 54 science content topics and features animated movies, comic strips, experiments, activity pages, interactive quizzes and a personal question & answer forum. The science topics include atmosphere, atoms, batteries, dinosaurs, earth's structure, electricity, energy, food chain, gravity, insects, solar system, land biomes, magnetism, photosynthesis, rainforest, rock cycle, seasons, sound, states of matter, weather, underwater world, volcano, water cycle, and many more.

The interactive BrainPOP website could be used as a resource and incorporated into science lessons developed by preservice teachers for their elementary and middle school students.
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Jessica Hanein
Jessica Hanein (Student)
1 year ago

BrainPOP is fun and interactive for children. Only certain topics are unlocked, however. 

Time spent reviewing site: an hour
Jacqueline Hernandez
3 years ago
I have used BrainPop before. This site has great videos, games and ESL/Spanish collections. Despite its requirement to sign up, I have found this site to be a great resource when teaching and reinforcing concepts to students. It uses cartoon-like animation that also gets students’ interests. I also like that it has a range of selections from all subjects.
Used in course? Yes
Etta Gravely
Etta Gravely (Faculty)
4 years ago
Too bad that you cannot even view this site unless you have a code or an account that is different from your merlot account. Teacher (University)
Nichole stewart
Nichole stewart (Teacher (K-12))
4 years ago
I have used Brainpop before in the classroom. The site has great drill and practice games and brief quizzes as well. My students enjoy this site!
Halen York
Halen York (Student)
4 years ago
uhhh gayyy
Sharon McMullen
Sharon McMullen (Student)
5 years ago

I would definately use this in my classroom.  It was colorful, very easy to use and navigating around the site was also very easy.  My students would really get into this.

Technical Remarks:

Very easy to navigate the site.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Harriet Mathews
Harriet Mathews (Faculty)
6 years ago

Requires signing up and verification of your email account.

Some schools have school accounts.

Great resource for surprise days.. fire drill?  Pep Rally .. shortened day?

Activating or reinforcement involves students with cute but accurate conceptual presentations followed by quizzes.

Enjoy!

Lesli De La O
Lesli De La O (Student)
6 years ago

This site seems fun and easy for the students to use themselves. The movies they show before asking review questions are interesting and colorful. There are many activities, games and other fun learning tools on the site as well. I specifically like the word wall, which not only displays the word and definition, but verbally says the definition as well. Great strategy for ELL students and auditory learners.

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes
Alejandra Alvarez
Alejandra Alvarez (Student)
9 years ago
This website was very helpful in coming up with ideas on how to explain scientific concepts to children.What made it easy was the cartoons, they help make the concepts clear and easy to understand. I really liked how there were activity ideas given to help reinforce the concepts. The inter-activeness of the website is great, where you can take a quiz to see how much you understand about the topic. Which is a good assessment.

Technical Remarks:

The site was easy to navigate through and there were no technical difficulties involved with this site.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent a little over an hour and a half looking over the different information within a few of the topics the site had to offer.
Tammi Ishibashi
Tammi Ishibashi (Student)
9 years ago
This website was very helpful in coming up with ideas on how to explain scientific concepts to children. The cartoons help make the concepts clear and easy to understand. I really liked how there were activity ideas given to help reinforce the concepts. The interactiveness of the website is great, where you can take a quiz to see how much you understand about the topic.

Technical Remarks:

The site was easy to navigate through and there were no technical difficulties involved with this site.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent a little over an hour and a half looking over the different information within a few of the topics the site had to offer. I admit I did not look into every subtopic within each of the topics.
Kristin San Miguel
10 years ago
The website is very user friendly and easy to access.
Lindsay Howaniec
Lindsay Howaniec (Student)
10 years ago
I enjoy BrainPop and have used it in a classroom before. It is eye catching, engaging, and filled with useful information. The movies are wonderful and there are some really great games and interactive quizzes. The only problem is that it is rather expensive. I don't know if I would purchase this for my home, or purchase it out of pocket for my classroom. If the school/district would be willing to add it to the schools network/computer lab I would most certainly use it quite often with my students. There are a few topics in which you can view for free and I believe they change often. I think this is a plus, especially if you want to test one out and see if it is worth the money for your classroom/student needs. There is also a free trial!

Technical Remarks:

If you have a slower connection, it may take a bit longer to load.
Used in course? Yes
Diane Judd
Diane Judd (Faculty)
16 years ago
I have implemented BrainPOP Science in my science methodology class for
elementary preservice teachers. I taught a model science lesson for preservice
teachers, who were preparing to teach their first science lesson in their field
classroom.

I introduced my model lesson on sound with the sound video in BrainPOP Science.
I found the interactive material and animated movie to be accurate and an
excellent way to enhance my elementary science example lesson.

The BrainPOP site is well organized and easy to locate science materials. I
believe this website would be a good resource for preservice teachers when
developing their science lesson plans for elementary and middle school students.

Technical Remarks:

Need Macromedia Flash Player to view movie.