Sunday, April 19, 2009

Play Mad Libs Online

I just learned that Mad Libs, the classic creative word game, can be played online. The game that I played was Mad Libs for President. In the game I selected adjectives, nouns, and verbs from randomly generated lists. Had I not liked any of the words in the lists, I had the option of typing in my own word choices. When the Mad Lib was completed I could have printed the end result.

Mad Libs offers a widget that you can install on your blog to allow visitors to play Mad Libs. I've always thought that having a "fun element" on your classroom blog is a good way to keep students actively visiting the blog without prompting from you. If you're an English teacher, the Mad Libs widget might be something to consider adding to your blog.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Grammar Bytes
Grammar Ninja
Five Great Grammar Resources

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Stop Disasters - Disaster Simulation Game

Stop Disasters is a game designed for students to learn about natural disasters, disaster prevention, and city design. There are five game scenarios that students can play. Students can plan to prepare for hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and tsunamis. The scenarios are set in geographically accurate contexts of Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean.

For teachers Stop Disasters provides fact sheets to distribute to students about each type of natural disaster. Stop Disasters also provides teachers with teaching guides, lesson plan ideas, and links to additional reference materials.

Applications for Education
Stop Disasters could be a great game for geography teachers and Earth science teachers to use in their classrooms. In order to be successful in this game students have to have knowledge of geography concepts and Earth science concepts.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
My Mini City
Five Resources for Teaching About Earthquakes

Forces of Nature - Earth Science Resources
Hurricane Tracking Resources

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