Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Day One of Plaid Pete Gets Decomposed! - Section 4: Guided Exploration


Kids Learn with Games!

If you want to increase motivation, perseverance and student engagement in your classroom - make learning into some kind of game format!  This isn't always possible, however it is important that learning that is fun (and games count in that category) is incorporated into a student's day.  It is also important that rigor and high academic expectations are paired with that fun.  This is the kind of environment where students will learn perseverance, and intrinsic motivation.  

There are far too many students that are not enticed to come to school by the idea of expanding their repertoire of knowledge.  Further - because learning has been far too hard for them, they lack the ability to persevere on difficult and complex tasks.  When teachers create games that are scaffolded to provide learning activities that are just within a student's reach, there is a greater likelihood that students will persevere and incorporate that learning as their own.  When students successfully achieve a learning task, it builds intrinsic motivation for subsequent learning.

The University of North Carolina, Watson College of Education has quite a few FREE downloadable templates for individual, small group, and whole class games.  You can format them for any content.  Just click on the link to get started!

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Day One of Plaid Pete Gets Decomposed!

Unit 2: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
Lesson 13 of 20

Objective: SWBAT describe how organisms transfer energy within food webs.

Big Idea: How does a food web show relationships within a specific ecosystem? What is The Energy Cycle, and how does it transfer energy through an ecosystem? Just like Plaid Pete - students play the game "Decomposer" to learn these important concepts.

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Science, Hydrologic Cycle, ecosystem, aquatic, biotic, Plantae, Science Vocabulary, carbon cycle
  75 minutes
2015 02 04 14 40 27
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