Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tech on Tuesday...Chicktionary

When I first received my iPad, I went into download mode like crazy.  If the app was free, I tried it out.  If I didn't like it, I had no money invested and very little time, so I simply deleted it.  As I matured in my iPad app search, I began seeking out apps that allowed my students to create so I didn't download any games.  However, I've discovered a way to use gaming in my classroom and I cannot wait to share how to use Chicktionary.

Last Year
The most obvious way to use this little word game in your classroom is reinforcement for spelling or words.  Students rearrange chickens with letters to form words.  We did this in my classroom and turned it into a little competition between students.  Who could generate the most words?  It was motivating and engaging.

This Year
ALL of my students will have their own iPad so it will be really easy to implement this new idea.This year I plan to use this in math.  I'm moving to 4th grade and my standards include mean, median, and mode.  Students will play the 3 minute fast play round to create words.  After the 3 minutes, students will graph their score.  Students will repeat this 2 more times for a total of 3 graphing each time. 

After playing 3 rounds, I will introduce the concept of mean, median, and mode.  We will then use the data that was collected to calculate mean, median, and mode.  Students will graph the class averages and we will crown a Chicktionary king or queen.

After teaching the concept, students will then have opportunities to repeat this same sort of activity using other games such as Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc.

Gone are the days of using fake test scores to determine mean, median, and mode.

I had planned on sharing a recording sheet, but I haven't determined the End Use agreement for clipart and I haven't created any of my own :(

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  1. Love this idea. I thought of doing something similar with adding scores together from a game they played. Subtracting to find the difference in scores. Perfect practice for 2nd grade. I dream of the day we have more ipads for the classroom. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What an AWESOME idea Shasta! I wish I was going to have more than one iPad!

  3. I wish my whole class had ipods. This is such a great idea!

  4. Hi! I found your blog through the Carolina Connections post. What a great blog you have. I can truly relate to the download frenzy you experienced on your iPad. Currently I have about seven pages of apps on mine (despite the daily deletion of apps I don't use)....sigh. I so envy the iPad rollout your school has done. Currently there are two iPads in my school, mine and my principal. I can't complain though, because we have 3 mobile labs and one is pretty much permanantly planted in my room! :-)

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    Surviving Sixth Grade


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