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Hi,

I teach at the college level, but I wanted to learn more about how games are used in the classroom. I thought that it would be interesting to see what resources/games other participants have used and liked in the past. I’ll start (I realize that not all of mine are climate related):

For non-digital games:
I have students do a game on the rock cycle involving dice. The students role a dice to determine what happens to their rock, read a description of what happens, and record what happens to their rock. There are multiple similar versions of this, such as this similar one from SERC: https://serc.carleton.edu/K8GeoTeachers/workshop/activities/135831.html I do a similar activity with the carbon cycle using dice. This is based on work from the following source: https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/change_inthe_air/activ...

For digital games:
My favorite is: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~renshaw/eruption/untitled_text/ It’s a simulation of a volcano erupting. Students have to look at different instruments to determine when to evacuate. It can be hard to get it running, though. So be sure to play with it in advance.

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Great idea! I know this is a wildly popular website, but I'll share just in case.

https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/by-level/elementary-school

It's great to be able to search not only by grade level, but by course of study. They also have some additional teacher resources as well.

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Sarah and David .... great thing about the games you suggest is that they can be used across a wide range of grade / ability levels. They make it easy to scaffold and differentiate learning. Do you have examples of student handouts you've used with them that you could share here by attaching a file?

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Originally Posted by Aida Awad


Sarah and David .... great thing about the games you suggest is that they can be used across a wide range of grade / ability levels. They make it easy to scaffold and differentiate learning. Do you have examples of student handouts you've used with them that you could share here by attaching a file?



Do either you have photos of students participating in these games or demonstrating what the logistics of these games look like?

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Originally Posted by Sarah Glancy


Hi,

I teach at the college level, but I wanted to learn more about how games are used in the classroom. I thought that it would be interesting to see what resources/games other participants have used and liked in the past. I’ll start (I realize that not all of mine are climate related):

For non-digital games:
I have students do a game on the rock cycle involving dice. The students role a dice to determine what happens to their rock, read a description of what happens, and record what happens to their rock. There are multiple similar versions of this, such as this similar one from SERC: https://serc.carleton.edu/K8GeoTeachers/workshop/activities/135831.html I do a similar activity with the carbon cycle using dice. This is based on work from the following source: https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/change_inthe_air/activ...

For digital games:
My favorite is: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~renshaw/eruption/untitled_text/ It’s a simulation of a volcano erupting. Students have to look at different instruments to determine when to evacuate. It can be hard to get it running, though. So be sure to play with it in advance.



I've been building a collection of links to games and simulations from many sources (NOAA, NASA, universities, etc.) for a few years... it is available at https://scied.ucar.edu/games-sims-weather-climate-atmosphere
Since I work at an atmospheric science lab, the common thread is the topic theme of Earth science (so not as much physics, chemistry, or biology directly... though they are all involved in ways). The resources fit a wide variety of ages; some are college level, some are elementary school.
A smaller set of games and simulations that our group has created are at https://scied.ucar.edu/games and https://scied.ucar.edu/interactives

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