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Game Creator Extraordinaire

Michele Rivera
Miami-Dade County Schools

Description

This activity is a way to have students work together in groups to invent new and creative games. Students also get the opportunity to teach others the games they created.

Objectives

The student designs and performs games, gymnastics, and dance sequences that allow for group creativity and discussion.

Materials

-An eclectic mix of manipulative equipment (can include any and all equipment available to you Examples include ball, beanbags, batons, ropes, pennies, parachute, and racquets)
-Group Worksheet, 1 per group
-Evaluation Rubric, 1 per group
-1 pencil for every group

Preparations

1. Gather materials for activity.
2. Make copies of Group Form.
3. Make copies of Rubric.

Procedures

NOTE: This lesson instructs and assesses the students’ ability to design games but does not specifically address dance and gymnastics.

1. Explain that the class will work on developing a new game for the MickRick Corporation. The corporation will pay top dollar for a new game to promote at their next gaming convention. (you can play up this idea to any extent, including promotion of game through the art, music, language arts class)

2. Hold a beanbag and a toss ring in your hand and ask the class, “If you could play with these two pieces of equipment, what game could you invent?-

3. Ask the students to demonstrate the game.

4. Discuss with the class some items that might be important when inventing a game. Ex: boundaries, rules, number of players, etc.

5. Instruct the students that they are going to be inventors.

6. They are going to develop a game that can be played by other members of the class.

7. They must choose from the equipment available. (Have the equipment already in place in one location.)

8. It must be a game that is not exactly like one they have ever played in class since the MickRick Corporation is looking for the most creative and original games.

9. The game is going to be taught to other members of the class.

10. The game will be recorded on a group worksheet that will be handed to the teacher after it is completed.

11. Explain individual group job descriptions:
-Team organizer: Directs discussion in the group
-Creative Contributor Recorder: Captures all discussion in writing
-Creative Contributor Reporter: Shares all group information with teacher/class
-Creative Contributor: Function as sources of additional thinking.

12. Divide students into groups of 3-5 members.

13. Distribute group worksheets and pencils.

14. Circulate among the groups to offer feedback and make sure students are on task.

15. After a group finishes and records the game dynamics, have team recorders show you the completed worksheet.

16. Have the team demonstrate the game for you.

17. Have the students demonstrate the game to another team. That team will then play the game.

18. Reverse the process and have the 2nd team teach the first team their game.

19. Using the rubric provided, have teams discuss and evaluate the game they created and other games that they played.

20. Bring the class together and have groups demonstrate their games to the entire class. The class will then vote for the game they think the MickRick Corporation will choose for their convention.

21. Have students discuss group dynamics leading to closure of the activity.

Assessments

NOTE: This lesson instructs and assesses the students’ ability to design games but does not specifically address dance and gymnastics.

A group of students collaborates to design a game and then teaches it to other students. Formative assessment of group activities (Group Work Sheet) occurs as the teacher circulates among the groups. Students who learn the game use the Evaluation Rubric to provide formative feedback to the creators of the game.

Extensions

This lesson can be modified to include promotion of the game to the MickRick Corporation. Have students design a marketing idea that can include the use of video, posters, and songs.

There is a potential for interdisciplinary cooperation.

Attached Files

An evaluation rubric and a group work sheet.     File Extension: pdf

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