Happy Summer BrainPOP Educators!

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It is official, summer has arrived! Hopefully, you are already out chasing butterflies or at least winding down the school year with report cards. Perhaps you’re a twelve month BrainPOP Educator and summer means work as usual plus a few extra layers of sun screen.  Wherever today finds you, all of us at BrainPOP wish you a happy, safe, and fun-filled summer!

Not to be a killjoy, but it’s never too early to start reflecting on what worked this school year and begin planning a strategy for the year to come! We have a few tips for getting ahead of the game using BrainPOP:

Browse our Lists of Topics –> BrainPOPBrainPOP Jr., and BrainPOP ESL all provide a list of what we’ve got to offer. Bookmark it, or print & keep in your planning notebook for easy access at grade level meetings.

Use our Spotlights! Each month, BrainPOP features 2 Spotlights, or collections of resources for timely topics. Check out our archives and plan accordingly for common monthly themes.

Academic Standards Tool –> super simple to see how BrainPOP ties into the curriculum you’re already teaching! Plan out what BrainPOP topics you will utilize to fill in the blanks over the course of next year.

Explore our Graphic Organizers –>save your favorites to a file folder or integrate into your already existing lesson plans.

Share your favorite lesson plans with us or select already created lesson plans to try out with your students next year.  Don’t forget about our monthly T-Shirt Contest for the top lesson plans submitted each month.

What are your summer planning strategies? Please share by posting below! Heading out to ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia next week? Stop by our BrainPOP booth and say hello to Moby and friends!