Thinkrolls 2 is fun enough that teachers could offer it as an option for kids to play during free choice times and know they're getting a solid science foundation along with the fun. Teachers could incorporate the game into instruction as a pre-unit activity, having kids work through a maze before introducing the vocabulary and science behind the concept -- like buoyancy, for example. Kids will be engaged by their experiences in the game, and teachers can then call on their experiences to help kids better understand and remember the concepts.Continue reading Show less
Thinkrolls 2 follows the same smart, fun format as Thinkrolls, adding new science concepts like density, force, electricity -- and even a little science fiction: a wormhole. Two settings -- easy and hard -- keep challenges appropriate for a variety of skill levels. Teachers can create accounts for up to six users, customizing the challenge level for each. The challenges require thinking and planning ahead but can be replayed until kids figure each one out.
Kids start by choosing a ball, or Thinkroll, from several choices. They then work their way through the game, which has a dozen or so levels for each chapter, rolling the ball along the path and getting through various obstacles. Kids encounter water and need to float a barrel in the water to use it as a stepping stone. Higher levels are harder, combining skills learned earlier in the game and having kids look several moves ahead. Kids have to figure out how to get past the obstacles on their own without getting stuck, and each level can be replayed once they figure out how.
The learning in Thinkrolls 2 is fun and challenging, gently introducing students to sophisticated science concepts in a game-like way. The seven chapters will keep kids entertained and challenged, and games save automatically so kids can pick up where they left off. Taking risks and failing is an essential part of mastering the levels, and kids can easily move the ball back and try again with no penalty. A guide in the parent section breaks down by chapter the skills and concepts covered. For kids, each Thinkroll character is full of personality, which helps boost engagement along the way.
Key Standards Supported
Matter and Its Interactions
Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.
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