How I Use It
Not everything that students learn in school is in the curriculum, I would argue that most is not. What I love about games like Where's My Water is that it has students problem solve. I have had students play this game for a period of time before moving into a problem solving task. Students play the game and then we talk about what they need to do in order to pass each level. Student talk about trying solutions, making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. They also talk about asking peers for help or support in finding solutions.
This is a great teaching tool and it is a tone of fun. Thinking outside the box when looking at games and how they can help students with the development of skills that are not necessarily in the curriculum is a really effective way to add engagement and new learning opportunities to the classroom.