The kids start off by watching a few different BrainPop movies, made even easier because the kids each have their own BrainPop accounts, so teachers can assign the movies to the kids that way. From there, they do a ton of research, note taking, brainstorming, and organizing.
Next comes the writing. This is one of their first formal essays of the grade, and they can choose any topic from the subject area - Gold Rush, Lewis and Clark, Louisiana Purchase, etc. This part takes a lot of thought, as the kids learn to turn their notes into sentences and the sentences into well-crafted paragraphs.
But you'd be wrong.
Enter BrainPop! It's Make-a-Movie Time!
How does it work, you ask, when you are looking at a final draft of writing? That, my friends, is for another post.
And they are very, very cool!