Our Favorite Online Resource
As homeschoolers, we all have our favorite resources. BrainPOP has to be my all time favorite online resource. BrainPOP covers a wide range of topics with short informative and often funny videos that my kids find engaging. Tim and Moby always have a fun take on events and topics and the extra sections with games, more information, and even primary source materials makes BrainPOP our first stop when we want to dig deeper on a topic.
Subscribing to BrainPOP
There are a few ways to subscribe to BrainPOP to access the videos. There is a Family Membership that allows you 24-hour access with one login. You could also choose a Homeschool Membership that allows for 24-hour use for up to three students. The Homeschool Membership gives access to MyBrainPOP where you can assign sections and videos to your students. We use the single login membership and haven’t had any trouble. I use my lesson plans on Homeschool Planet to “assign” the videos or materials and that has worked well for us. Also check with your local school district. Some districts have an account that you are able to use.
|Family Membership||Homeschool Membership|
|Directly From BrainPOP||$115 yearly||$240 yearly|
|Through Homeschool Buyers Co-op||$86.25 yearly
(current group price)
(current group price)
BrainPOP and The Good and the Beautiful Space Science Unit Study
The Space Science Unit Study from Jenny Phillips and The Good and the Beautiful is a wonderful foray into the mysteries of space. The materials are beautiful and engaging. The notebooking component of the science units lets my kids put together a fun notebook of what they are learning and helps them “own” their new knowledge.
I use BrainPOP side-by-side with the teaching materials to illustrate concepts and to delve deeper into topics that we enjoy. I like to add links to the BrainPOP videos for each topic in my Homeschool Planet online lesson plans (see more Chromeschoolers posts about Homeschool Planet) so there isn’t any searching. This lets us click and go, right from our daily planner. The Space Science Unit also includes links to many internet videos in the curriculum. I like to add those links to my planner as well, even though they are not linked here.
If you like to let your kids “browse” and find things that interest them, BrainPOP has a page that lists all of their space related videos, more than just what specifically applies to the lessons in the unit study. It might make for a good interest-led topical exploration day.
I have listed and linked the BrainPOP videos we used to accompany the Space Science Unit Study below. Bookmark this page to come back and click straight to the video to accompany each lesson!
Space Science Unit Study
|Lesson 1: Introduction to Space||Solar System|
|Lesson 2: Stars||Life Cycle of Stars
Black Holes (in the Lesson Extension)
|Lesson 3: The Solar System and the Sun||Sun
Exoplanets (in the Lesson Extension)
|Lesson 4: The Terrestrial Planets: Mercury and Venus||Mercury
|Lesson 5: The Terrestrial Planets: Earth and Mars||Earth|
|Lesson 6: The Moon and Its Phases||Moon|
|Lesson 7: Gravity and the Tides||Gravity|
|Lesson 8: Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, and Meteoroids||Asteroids|
|Lesson 9: The Gas Giants – Jupiter and Saturn||Jupiter|
|Lesson 10: The Gas Giants – Uranus and Neptune||Uranus|
|Lesson 11: The History of Astronomy|
|Lesson 12: Galileo||Galileo Galilei|
|Lesson 13: Space Exploration – Part 1||Apollo Project|
|Lesson 14: Space Exploration – Part 2|
|Lesson 15: Space Exploration – Part 3||Space Flight|
|Lesson 16: Constellations||Constellations|
If you liked this list, you might also like the list of BrainPOP videos for The Good and the Beautiful History 1.
Did you find the list of videos helpful? What other subjects would you like to see linked to BrainPOP videos? Let me know in the comments!