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What's it about?
Check out BRAIN POP'S daily featured topic before deciding whether to subscribe. Kids start by watching the few minutes-long video for an overview, then choose from a wide variety of enrichment activities such as quizzes, making concept maps, downloading a printable worksheet, creating a movie, or using code to show off what they've learned. Content is organized by theme: science, social studies, English, math, Arts and Music, Health and SEL, Engineering and Tech, or New and Trending. Each theme has units (e.g., scientific inquiry) and is further broken down by topic (e.g., computational thinking). The games section within the topics offers unique games that explore concepts in math, science, health, technology, and more.
Is it any good?
This resource is a standard-bearer for quality, self-directed online educational content for older grade school-age kids. BrainPOP includes videos, audio prompts, graphics, games, and use-what-you-learned activities in a blended format that will be very familiar to most kids. Kids can spend hours on this site exploring many of the main topics that contain more sub-categories, like the science and math sections. There are some sensitive topics addressed here, such as war and terrorism, but kids are warned to get a parent or teacher to watch that video with them prior to clicking play. There's more than enough content here to keep kids busy, engaged, and learning for a long time.
Most games are clever, creative, and address learning concepts not traditionally explored in this format, such as the Judicial Court where kids argue court cases at the Supreme Court. Many topics also offer kids the opportunity to use what they've learned to create something from simple organizational tools like concept map creators, to more complex tools like videos and games kids create with a movie maker or through coding. All these activities offer kids a really nice and unique way to actively engage deeply with the subject matter.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about any of the videos on BrainPop that pique your kid's interest, but especially those that are emotionally or intellectually challenging, such as those that address difficult times in history like war and terrorism, social problems, as well as personal health topics that contain warnings about smoking cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol use, or the social emotional learning topics such as managing stress.
Talk about the different ways of learning. Do you remember more when you have an activity to do after watching a related video?
Families can also talk about other educational sites that benefit learning and where to find reliable information online.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, storytelling, text analysis, vocabulary, writing
Math: algebra, arithmetic, geometry, measurement, probability, ratio
Science: astronomy, biology, ecosystems and the environment, energy, gravity, life cycle, motion
Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, events, government, historical figures, history, the economy
Arts: dance, drawing, film, music, painting, photography, sculpture
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, making conclusions, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development, self-assessment
Emotional Development: handling stress, identifying emotions
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: coding, digital creation
Health & Fitness: balanced diet, mental health, movement
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: STEM, Great Girl Role Models, History, Science and Nature
- Price: Paid
- Pricing structure: Paid (From $230 yearly or $24.95/monthly)
- Last updated: February 23, 2021
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