Simple Machines: Preparing for Play

January 24, 2013

Introduce the concept of simple machines using a classroom door! Students like to see how simple machines are a part of everyday life, and this is an easy way to illustrate that fact. Through the acti...

Argument Wars Social Studies Game: Preparing for Play

January 23, 2013

Learners will get more out of the Argument Wars social studies game if they are familiar with the rights contained in the Bill of Rights and in other amendments. It would also be best if they understa...

A Tangled Web: Preparing to Play

January 23, 2013

It's useful to make sure all the students know relevant vocabulary prior to playing a Tangled Web. Be sure to teach the meanings of basic concepts related to angles, parallel lines, polygons, trian...

Quandary, an Ethics and English Game: Preparing to Play

January 23, 2013

Before playing this ethics and English game, ask if students are familiar with the word "Quandary"? You may want to start the session by asking: “Do you know what the game’s title means? What is a...

Tips for Introducing a New Game

January 1, 2013

You can engage the whole class in a gaming experience by projecting the game and go through its introduction with the class. Demonstrate how to play the game yourself first so you can think aloud and ...

Setting the Stage for Game Play

January 1, 2013

Coaches know the importance of a good pre-game talk, and so should you. What you say to learners can help them immensely as they begin to learn through game play. Here are some examples: "The...

Setting Up Rules and Expectations for Game Play

January 1, 2013

When students are playing a game, they often won't behave exactly the same way they do when they are taking a test or listening to a lecture. Students might be completely engrossed in what they are do...