August 8, 2011
BrainPOP Educator, Jenaya Shaw, is a teacher at B.B. Harris Elementary in Duluth, GA. Jenaya is passionate about incorporating hands-on differentiated activities into her daily instruction. Jenaya’s website, The Lesson Plan Diva!, provides free resources and lesson ideas for teachers to use in the classroom. Imagine for a moment that you are a first grader in my classroom, “engaged, intrigued, motivated and ready to learn!” How does this happen? Well, it’s simple. Make your instruction meaningful, rigorous and better yet…fun! One of the most important ways is by incorporating technology into my daily lessons and regularly using BrainPOP as a part of my mini lessons. Let’s focus on a Language Arts lesson on nouns. The class starts out by watching BrainPOP’s Noun movie. As a class we discuss some of the important parts from the movie. Next, we do “turn and talks,” where students discuss things they’ve learned with their immediate neighbor. We then use one of the awesome activities, Speedy Nouns, on the Lesson Ideas page. Different colored post-its are passed out to partnered groups, and students then race to label all of the nouns they can find in the classroom.