Archive for the ‘Game’ Category

Aztec History – the ballgame

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Game, History, Website

This is a section of a larger site which itself contains a lot of written information about Aztec History that would be quite accessible for junior students. However, this particular section, about a popular Aztec sport, is worth highlighting. From this page choose the link at the bottom ‘Play a Meso-American Ballgame Winner Take All’. On the next page choose ‘Explore the Ballgame’, then ‘Enter’. Here you have a number of choices. The first two are informative and if students are to successfully complete the interactive options that come later they need to spend some time here learning about the game. The ‘Experience the Ball Game’ gives two options. The ‘fan’ choice would be excellent for looking at primary evidence. Here an Aztec object (a pottery piece showing Aztecs at a game) is explored in detail, highlighting what it shows and therefore would be great for looking at how historians get their knowledge about the past. The analysis (narrated for us) was impressive. The other option, ‘player’, requires players to answer questions about the game to score points for their team. Hence the need for the prior research.


BBC Bitesize games

Posted: October 16, 2012 in English, Game, Maths, Science

These simple games in a range of subject areas would be suitable for year 7 and 8 students (although some of my year nine students would probably happily play them). Simple to use and visually appealing – well worth a look.

This is an interesting little activity. Participants are introduced to a future scenario – in 2014 the law has cracked down on the wearing of hoodies and the exposure of undergarments by ‘non adults’. The scenario is introduced by two very intriguingĀ advertisements for the futuristic enforcers of these laws – these adverts alone would be worth looking at in an English class. The ‘game’ then proceeds with you being caught breaching these new laws and having to choose from 3 argument choices in an attempt to talk your way out of being ‘nicked’. (it is a British site and British scenario). I’m not sure the arguments were ones I would have made, but this itself would make for good class discussion – and it was a bit repetitive at times but the concept is one I think would appeal to students. Teachers with a ‘future worlds’ theme going in their classes might find this useful and I think it would be a great introduction to a unit about persuasion and argument.

NZ Seafood Industry Council – Whats the catch?.

I was wanting to create a unit for a year 10 geography subject (Man vs Nature) on fishing, looking at the impacts of commercial and recreational fishing on the environment; its sustainability and how local community needs and cultures need to be considered. And then I get pointed in the direction of this interactive game! Yippee. Here students have to run an imaginary fishery and make decisions to ensure the sustainability of the fish population, whilst keeping all the various stakeholders happy. Easy enough to work and would be a great way to start discussion about the various issues involved in such a unit.

Super maths world – maths games

Posted: February 25, 2012 in Game, Maths

Most of the games on this site are locked unless you subscribe but there a a few free ones that might be useful. They will also give a good indication of what the other games might be like if you should choose to subscribe. At the login page choose ‘guest’ – any games that can be accessed for free have a green tick next to them.

Market Fresh – Fruit & Vegetables – Home.

This is a useful site for Food Technology teachers (and home cooks). Produced by the Melbourne Market Authority it obviously aims to promote the use of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Some things of particular interest to teachers can be found under the Recipes link – here you can find video demonstrations on how to prepare particular fruit and veg (the one on artichokes was very helpful, I’ve never been able to fugure out how to use them up until this). The Young Explorers link leads to 4 other areas for students. Activities and Games has quite a few choices ranging in difficulty and quality. Of the ones I tried the Wordsearch; Hangman and Brain Buster were quite good. Interesting Information has exactly that, strange facts etc about fruit and vegetables. The Stuff for School Projects presents science based experiments with fruit and veg and in Kids Recipes you can search recipes by ingredient.

Crittercam: Antarctic Adventure — National Geographic Kids.

A game involving you navigating and steering a boat around Antarctica to locate tagged seals to collect the footage from their cameras. Took me a while to work out how to steer the boat (terrible lack of computer game skill and knowledge I am thinking) but got the hang of it eventually. It’s the footage of the seals underwater that is interesting but it is a bit painstaking to gather it. However, it could easily amuse year 7 or 8 students for a while and may generate discussion about why we might want this footage, should scientists be there etc etc. Thanks to iLearn Technology blog for this link. National Geographic are a terrific organisation and seem to have produced oodles and oodles of educatinal material.