Educator Resources for Quandary

In Quandary, players take on the role of a citizen in a new planetary colony who must make difficult decisions in situations where there are no clear right or wrong answers. These decisions will have important consequences—for themselves, for others in the colony, and for the fictional planet Braxos. Students will need to analyze issues from multiple perspectives, distinguish fact from opinion, and weigh evidence while judging potential solutions. As students evaluate the claims and arguments that other characters make, they'll need to validate their reasoning and ensure that the evidence they present is relevant. This game has been built to address many Common Core State Standards, particularly within the Reading and Speaking & Listening ELA strands.

Ethics Lesson Plan: Determing What is Right and Solving Conflicts

In this 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 and wrong, and practice using two different strategies for making tough ethical decisions. Students will also practice conflict resolution skills and reaching compromises with others who hold different ethical beliefs. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Lesson Plan: The Quandary Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use a free online game called Quandary to practice ethics, critical thinking and problem solving skills. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Thomas Edison Lesson Plan: How Inventions Build Upon Each Other

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to identify important accomplishments in the life of Thomas Edison. Students will also research later inventions that utilized Edison's scientific findings and/or improved on his inventions. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Famous Historical Figures Lesson Plan: Who Am I?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for any grade level, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the life and works of historical figures. Students will research their selected historical figure, create a "Who Am I?" bag of clues about their figure, and invite classmates to deduce which historical figure they researched. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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