Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills through Game Based Learning
Students in grades 6-8 lack problem solving and critical thinking skills. They need to think for themselves more and not rely on teacher’s step-by-step instructions for everything. Students will need to be more independent when they enter high school and outside of school as an adult. Being able to make decisions on your own by thinking of the outcome is an essential skill. By using Game Based Learnning students have the opportunity to think for themselves in a fun and highly motitivated environment.
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Sara Galbreath (Teacher (K-12))
This is a problem-solving based lesson plan using the interactive game "Alien Rescue." The premise of the game is for students to use the scientific method and critical-thinking skills to determine a suitable home for 6 alien races, each with different needs. I appreciate that the teacher serves as the guide or facilitator during this lesson. As students explore the game, the teacher can offer support to individual students who need it. This lesson would be condusive to deeper research, as well as persuasive writing.