The second graders LOVE when we play Breakout Edu games. I love it as well because they are engaged, thinking, working together, learning and moving. I try to mix up the groups so they are working with different classmates each time and the peer interactions are always interesting.
As a teacher, it is an excellent opportunity to really observe my students as I need to be hands off. It isn't easy to not give a little hint or two, but I find if I stand back and remind them to look at the information, they eventually do figure it out.
We have played many games and they always begin with a story. Here is the story and description for Custodian Games, our latest Breakout Adventure...
Our beloved custodian wanted to do something special for us because we were his favorite class, and we always kept our classroom in such great shape. He left us a surprise in the form of a Breakout Game. He knew how much we like puzzles, so he locked the surprise in our Breakout Edu box, and left us a few puzzles that we needed to solve. The puzzles were clues that helped us open locked boxes and collect the clues we needed to open the final box. All in all, we had to open 4 boxes before the Breakout Edu box! We only had 45 minutes to work, and luckily we were all able to solve all the puzzles and Breakout!
In this game the second graders had to answer story problems, decipher a code to find a hidden key, solve addition subtraction problems and use place value clues to figure out the last lock combination. All groups were successful and were rewarded with some very cool erasers (and an activity that was much more fun than a math worksheet.)
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I teach technology to grades Preschool through 8th grade in the mornings, and 2nd grade math, science and religion in the afternoon.I love to share the ways we utilize technology to enhance our learning.