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.  

Strategy Resources (3)
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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