BrainPop Activator: BrainPop Activator 1.png

 
 
 
BrainPop Activator 1.png
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Daily Agenda on class wik. BrainPop is used to introduce a topic.
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Online Student Resource
 
 
Daily Agenda on class wik. BrainPop is used to introduce a topic.
 
Instructional Openings

BrainPop Activator

I noticed that students both needed and wanted a quick and engaging introduction to content. Instead of simply asking what do you know about this topic students prior knowledge is activated through a often funny yet very informative video segment on a topic. These videos are great for introduciing Social Studies content because they take often large and abstract topics and make them accessible for students.  

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Teacher In Action
 
 
Online Student Resource
 
 
Daily Agenda on class wik. BrainPop is used to introduce a topic.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Search query results on BrainPop.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Online Student Resource
 
 
Daily Agenda on class wik. BrainPop is used to introduce a topic.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Search query results on BrainPop.
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Seventh grade
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