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Thoughtcraft

Created by Francesco Crocco

This is a cooperative learning game that may be played verbally or in writing.

Objectives
1) The point of this game is to cooperatively build an idea that involves memory recall, argumentation, and applied learning.

2) The game also teaches players how to write a successful paragraph by giving each player a different role to play that corresponds to the rhetorical elements of a paragraph.

Setup
1) Assign a question or topic, or let the students choose one.

2) Make teams of four.

3) Assign each player a different role:
➢ Start: One person starts the process by stating or writing a main idea related to the topic. If this is done in writing, pass the sheet of paper to the next person.
➢ Support: The next person adds a few sentences that offer supporting details. These may come from facts, statistics, examples, analogies, logic, explanation, quotations, or some other means of support.
➢ Summarize: The third person sums up the main idea and draws all conclusions, thereby finishing the paragraph.
➢ Counter-Argue: The last person opposes the completed argument by offering a critical position. This stage teaches the players that the creation of knowledge is both a constantly unfolding process and a process of dialogue.

4) Play it again with a different topic. Assign the players a different role each time so that they can learn each part of the process by practice and imitation.

If you like, add the element of speed by putting two teams in competition with each other. The first team to successfully complete the process wins an award (you decide what it is).

How to Implement the Free Rice Game into Your Classroom

Created by Joe Bisz

Description
Free Rice is a free, simple yet addictive, level-based learning game on the web. The main feature is a vocabulary quiz but there are also subject-specific quizzes under the “Subjects” heading for Art, Chemistry, Geography, Math, foreign-language learning, and grammar. For every question successfully answered, the website donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

Download my Teaching Document: How to Implement the Free Rice Web Game into Your Class

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