Monday, October 29, 2012

Appy-Picking Month: Brainpop Jr. Movie of the Week

Brainpop's little sister, Brainpop Jr., released an app recently! Both apps provide a visual summary of curriculum topics, narrated by a robot, Moby, and a human pal. Annie and Moby have been on the web for some time, but I am happy to see them in the app world. Brainpop Jr. provides a free movie each week on topics spanning Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts and Technology. The movies are short, extremely engaging for kids, and filled with expository text structures such as lists, sequences, descriptions, etc, as well as great vocabulary. As such, it provides a quick and easy way for SLPs to present curriculum information and work on strategies to help kids understand it. The app also provides access to some of the interactive features of the site, such as quizzes and "Belly-Up" comics related to the topics. Brainpop Jr. Movie of the week also allows you to login and view all movies, not just the free movie of the week, if your school district has a subscription.

Common Core Connection:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

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