Saturday, December 19, 2009

Minnesota Zoo - Games and Online Adventures

The Minnesota Zoo has some fun activities and games that students can use to learn about tigers and wolves. The tiger portion of the Minnesota Zoo's website has five games designed for students age 10 and above. There are five activities or games in the tiger section. All five games can be played online.

The Wolf Quest game connected to the Minnesota Zoo's website has more features and can be played for longer periods of time than the tiger activities. The Wolf Quest has to be downloaded and installed in order to be played. Wolf Quest is available for PC and Mac operating systems.

Applications for Education
Three of the five tiger activities are loosely connected to each other. In the first game students track down a loose tiger by using a variety of clues provided to them. In the second game students design a zoo exhibit to house the tiger in. Then in the third game students find a mate for the tiger based on information they gather about tiger biology. Together these three activities can be used to make a great lesson plan about biology and using research to solve a variety of problems.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Fun Dinosaur Games and Lesson Plans
Teacher Linx- Create and Share Lesson Plans
Science Netlinks - Dozens of Science Lessons

Year in Review Music Video

Yesterday, I posted three year-in-review presentations from CNN. This morning I was reminded by Jeffery Hill's English Blog that Flocabulary has a year-in-review video of their own. The Year In Rap is a music video highlighting the top news stories of the last year.

The Year In Rap 2009 from Week in Rap on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Teachers who use current news events as a part of their curriculum may be interested in using these videos and the slideshow as the jumping off point for further review of the year's top news stories. A quick activity before holiday vacation could be to have students view the videos and identify a story that they would like to investigate further. After they investigate that story they could put together their own short videos about it by using a service like Masher. You could also challenge your students to create their own rap about the year's news stories.