Crazy Plant Shop Science Game and MyBrainPOP

Have your students signed up for individual logins through My BrainPOP? If so, they’ll be able to take snapshots during Crazy Plant Shop science game play! MyBrainPOP is available to BrainPOP Educators with 24/7 district- or school-wide subscriptions, and is easy for you to sign your students up. Check out our My BrainPOP FAQs for more info.

The SnapThought tool allows students to capture significant moments in their gameplay with opportunities for brief written reflection. To use the tool, start by making sure students are logged into My BrainPOP with their own individual accounts. Once students are logged in, the SnapThought tool will appear below any games that offer this capability.

During gameplay, students can click on the Snapshot tool up to 5 times per game. A thumbnail is generated and stored on the bottom left of the screen.  At any point in the game, students can click on their snapshot(s) and type a caption or response to a prompt, and save or submit it to your teacher’s account where you can view their data.

Keep in mind that students can take a snapshot during the game and add the captions later. You may want to provide this alternative to avoid interrupting the flow of game play.  You can use the [game name] snapshots to facilitate discussion around game play and strategies, or have students submit the snapshots to you for assessment or accountability. Here are a few ideas for using the snapshot tool in Crazy Plant Shop:

  • Take a snapshot of a new breed of plant you create, and describe in the caption how you created a new breed of plant.

  • Take  a snapshot of when you used a punnett square to breed a plant with a recessive trait. In the caption, explain how you ensure that you breed a plant that expresses a recessive trait. (Possible answers: choose recessive trait in the plant shop, or breed two plants that only have recessive genes).

  • Take a snapshot of any plant combinations that didn’t work well. Explain why you think the breeding was not successful (for example, two different species can’t interbreed).

  • Breed two plants together ten times and take a snapshot of them in the shop, and explain the results. For example, you could  how the results of breeding 10 tall fluffy cactus plants by random chance.  What did you expect to happen? What actually happened? Compare your results to your classmates. (Most plants pictured show the dominant trait. That’s because dominant traits overrule recessive traits.)

  • Take a snapshot of your game that shows all the variations/phenotypes of a type of plant (Borinax, cactus, etc.)

  • Take a snapshot of the plant you bred that you’re most proud of and explain how you created the variation. What made the plant so successful?

  • Take a snapshot of something you can do in Crazy Plant Shop that you can’t do in real life. What are the implications for breeding new types of plants, both in the game and in real life? What are the connections to human and animal genetics?