How I Use It
Students can choose from a variety of social studies and science games based on their knowledge or interest level. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are utilized and feedback is given based on decisions made in games. Explore a Pyramid takes you inside chambers using a robot and it's light to search for hieroglyphs. Match each symbol with the correct chamber to unlock the hidden chamber. Planet Food provides the opportunity for students to Make a Meal and discover where foods come from. Take the Chocolate Challenge by going through steps to find out how crops are produced in order to make a chocolate bar. Forces of Nature lets students work in the lab, look at maps, and read over case studies. Then they can choose conditions needed to create a tornado, volcano, hurricane, or earthquake and watch each force in action. All of interactives provide meaningful learning experiences.
National Geographic Education does a nice job of presenting learning modules for a variety of areas: Science and Engineering, History and Culture, Geographic decision-making, Animals, Fun for Familes, and Vocabulary. This resources allows teachers to introduce concepts or expand on a specific area of study. The interactives can be done with a whole class, small group, or individually by students. There is an overview for most of the interactives. Information related to content is shared which provides background knowledge and understanding and helps students play the games.