Engaging students with literacy across curriculum subjects is a priority for all schools, and Ofsted. BrainPOP provides multiple possibilities to improve literacy knowledge using animated movies, concept mapping, interactive features, multimedia resources, and more.
Ofsted seek to see literacy being emphasised outside of an English lesson, across curriculum subjects. Effectively, literacy learning should have a place in all lessons.
How can you use BrainPOP to address literacy in every subject?
- Every movie shows subtitles as standard. Subtitles encourage reading even when the student doesn’t realise they’re doing it. This extra practice will help improve reading and spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills.
KEY VOCABULARY & NATURAL PAUSE POINTS
- Key vocabulary is highlighted in each movie. Students can easily pick out and learn key terms.
- In BrainPOP listen out for the beep! BrainPOP movies have natural pause points. When Moby beeps is usually a good moment to pause as this often indicates the beginning of a new section of information within the topic. This gives the teacher time to assess how well the class is taking in the information, answer any questions, or to allow for student to finish any note-taking.
- In BrainPOP Jr. look out for the pause button turning red. This indicates a question is about to be displayed in Annie's notepad. Ask a pupil to read it out to the class.
KEY LITERACY SKILLS
- Specific topics like Reading Skills, Context Clues, and Note-Taking Skills help students make their literacy skills useful in every kind of lesson. Improving student’s confidence in using skills such as these – regardless of subject – encourages them to use and practice them more across the curriculum.
- Tim speaks at a gentle pace in BrainPOP movies, which helps student’s comprehension and also gives time for student’s note-taking.
- Quizzes for reading comprehension and/or listening comprehension – whether students are taking the quiz individually on a computer or tablet or taking the quiz as a class they will need to read and/or listen to the quiz questions and answers in order to complete the task.
- Students can also take turns reading the questions and answer options aloud to the rest of the class as extra speaking practice.
- Teachers with 'My BrainPOP' accounts can make their own Quizzes using the Quiz Mixer.
- BrainPOP Jr. has easy and hard quiz options. Not only are the questions different, the easy quiz language is simpler.
- As a discussion tool – in BrainPOP use the Newsela tool as a class discussion stimulus about items in the news or national events. The articles are lexia levelled and the article can be dynamically adapted depending on the student's ability. It’s a great way to encourage children to not only investigate an issue themselves but to form their own opinion and confidently discuss it in class.
Activities are worksheets that are available for every BrainPOP UK topic regardless of subject. Activities can include:
- Recall questions
- Essay questions
- Graphic organisers so students can easily organise their thoughts or create clear notes for revision material
- Practical tasks such as building a rocket
Activities can be typed into and printed off filled in as typing practice or printed and used as handwriting practice.
- Vocabulary sheets list all the key terms used in the movie and students must explain each of the terms in their own words.
- This provides key literacy practice, helps students memorise subject specific key terms, and helps teachers check student’s comprehension of the terms and concepts used in the topic
- Can be printed and glued into exercise books as a spelling guide and a revision tool.
FYI (FOR YOUR INFORMATION)
FYIs provide extra non-fiction texts around the subject to encourage further reading and research by the student which provide extra reading practice. These can be particularly useful to raise literacy engagement with boys, whom research has shown react well to non-fiction texts.