Guest Blogger Caryn Swark Shares Tips and Tricks for Game Design in the Classroom

March 24, 2014

Most games – card, board, or video – require students to think, solve problems, create, and adapt. But why not go a step beyond playing games and have students actually create games? Game design r...

Prisoner of Echo Science Game is Live on GameUp!

March 21, 2014

Check out Prisoner of Echo science game to learn how students can explore the properties of sound through fun and engaging game play. Prisoner of Echo allows them to take on the role of a researcher t...

Solar System, Seasons and Tides Lesson Plan: Planet Mechanic Game

January 21, 2014

In this solar system lesson, which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore the seasons, tides, equinoxes, eclipses, and other aspects of the...

SnapThought™, a Photo Reflection Tool

October 18, 2013

This screencast illustrates a new photo reflection tool which changes game play in the classroom. Learn how students can take screenshots and write comments on key moments of certain games on GameUp. ...

Ethics Lesson Plan: Determing What is Right and Solving Conflicts

September 25, 2013

In this ethics lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students will use BrainPOP resources to explore the basics of ethics and morality. They will reflect on how we determine what is right ...

Context Clues – New Content on BrainPOP

September 25, 2013

Categories: Gaming Lesson Plans
We're excited to announce the debut of yet another BrainPOP topic that can help explain a popular reading strategy, Context Clues. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim explains how to use context clues to figu...

Organs and Body Systems Lesson Plan: The Guts and Bolts Game

June 8, 2013

In this organs and body systems lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-8, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the primary functions of various body systems. Students will also explore the...

Government Functions Lesson Plan: Checks and Balances Game

June 4, 2013

In this checks and balances lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, student explore the functions of each branch of the U.S. government. Students use an online interactive game to review how t...

Quandary Assessment Ideas

April 28, 2013

Quandary is a great springboard for discussion, so plan to leave a chunk of time for this at the end of the session. We've provided several assessment ideas in the form of sample questions and areas f...

U.S. Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Powers Lesson Plan: Branches of Government Game

April 18, 2013

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use a free online game to sort  sort the three branches of government : Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. Students then extend the...