Teachers can set kids loose on the game and its World of Goo Corporation sandbox mode before or after basic geometry lessons. As kids experiment with different structures made of different kinds of goo, they'll internalize lots of transferable lessons about how to build strong structures in the real world, which makes playing World of Goo good practice for solving geometry problems and tackling building projects across the curriculum. Since the game has an open sandbox mode in which to experiment with new building ideas, teachers could use this mode to pose challenges to students or hold contests. Teachers can also help kids analyze the humor and plot of the game, which parodies modern consumerism culture and technology.Continue reading Show less
Playing World of Goo is like building with Lincoln Logs made of Jell-O. It's fun and frustrating all at once, the way a good puzzler should be. Tons of humor and personality make this game a unique physics-based builder. Players must use different varieties of sticky goo balls and construction aids like balloons to create bridges that let unused goo balls escape through a pipe that sucks them up at the end of each level. Each level has a minimum requirement of goo balls to save; any extras that the player saves get sent to the World of Goo Corporation sandbox, where kids are free to build the highest towers they can using what they've learned about shapes, stability, and gravity.
World of Goo does a phenomenal job of balancing the joy and agony of trial-and-error puzzle-solving. Kids will learn a lot about the games' physics and what kinds of shapes and materials make the best structures. The learning is baked-in, but in a way that has kids experimenting with building structures and learning from their failures. When you fail a level, you can immediately retry it with no penalty. A safe and supportive online community and wiki are available to help kids if they get stuck on a level.
Key Standards Supported
Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.
Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle.
Key Standards Supported
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).