Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Say Cheese: Dental Analysis - Section 5: Evaluate


Like most of us, I always enjoyed playing games as a child. As an adult, I still love game playing, and continue to use a wide variety of games as instructional tools in my classroom. Some people may wonder, “Why play games in a class?” Here are a few reasons I believe game playing is a powerful instructional tool.

  • Students learn through the process of playing the game. By playing a game, students may be able to understand a new concept, process, or idea and experiment with different options or variables. 
  • Games provide a context for engaging practice. I know students need a lot of practice to internalize important vocabulary and structures. However, for the practice to be meaningful, students must be engaged (and let’s be honest, countless workbook pages or textbook exercises are not always highly engaging!). I find that because students really enjoy playing games, it is a good way to focus their attention and actively immerse them in learning.
  • Through games, students can learn a variety of important skills. There are countless skills that students can develop through game playing such as critical thinking skills, creativity, teamwork, social skills, problem solving, and sportsmanship.  


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Say Cheese: Dental Analysis

Unit 5: Forensics
Lesson 9 of 15

Objective: SWBAT analyze dental impressions to identify a crime suspect. SWBAT describe the work of a forensic dentist.

Big Idea: Teeth can be a crucial piece of evidence when solving a crime. How can something so small provide such big clues?

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