Ok, we really love this smartboard program and believe your classroom will too. For calendar time, kids get to build their own world, by dragging in a sun, cloud or trees. They can make it rain, change the season.
Weather and calendar time has never been so much fun.
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When providing tests about geography, they mostly cover continents, countries, and capitals. But what about rivers?
World Geography: Rivers aims to see just how much students know about the majestic rivers that cover our world. The game provides the name of the water body, and it is the student’s task to determine where this river can be found on the map. On choosing the correct location, a very brief information about the river will be shown at the bottom of the screen, and the player earns a point. The player can guess however many times he wishes until he gets the correct location; it should just be noted that the game also records the number of times the player was incorrect.
Teams can play only a single instance of this game, where teams take turns in naming rivers and the teacher noting the score; whomever has the most points would win. Alternatively, the teams can play an entire instance (with those not playing having their backs turned to the smartboard). The group with the less number of incorrect answers wins.
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Have your students ever heard of an interlock puzzle? An interlock puzzle is a seemingly whole object that actually consists of several different pieces that are assembled together in such a way that it won’t fall apart when released. The difficulty with these types of puzzles is on how they can be disassembled and re-assembled back together.
This smartboard game provides players with several different interlock puzzles, and challenges them to dismantling the figures (the use of the keyboard is required, and a Smartboard Wand is highly recommended). The puzzles become increasingly difficult as the students progress, which in turn exercises both their patience and their logical thinking.
Group play can be conducted by giving each team a time limit to complete the most number of puzzles that they can. The group who finishes the most (or who solves the last puzzle the game can provide) wins.
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GeoWorld is an excellent geography smart board resource, where a knowledgeable bear provides students information about the countries of the world, including country-related facts, pictures, music, videos, and even climate info!
Once the students have had their fill of the continent they’ve chosen to learn, everyone can now proceed to the GeoGames, where players are asked to point the given state or country on a given map of the area of the world they were covering. A correct answer gives the player 10 points, but an incorrect one gives a penalty of -5. The game will continue until all the states/countries have been answered correctly.
With everyone working together, how high can they score? Or if they wish to be competitive, if the students separate into groups – with one group trying to answer while the others have their backs against the smart board (no peeking!) – who will gain the highest points? Play and find out!
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Introduce your students to fractions with this simple fraction game.
The objective of the game is to fill up three flowers that were split into fractions with actual petals. To do this, the players are asked to pick one of the two fraction cards that are displayed at the bottom of the screen. The game then produces a corresponding petal card with a random color, which the players are then asked to match to one of their flowers. If the fraction card or the color the player needs is not listed on screen, he will have to skip his turn. The first player to fill his flower bed with flowers wins.
The game has a two player mode for team play, and the teacher also has two difficulty options. Try it out!
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It can’t be difficult to move stones so that they’re all sitting beside one another, right? But what if, instead of lifting them, you can only move them in a straight line, in a limited space? How many moves will you have to make before all the stones are together?
This puzzle challenges your students’ logical thinking (along with yours) by asking them to slide a given set of rounded stones into one of four directions until all five of the same color are touching. Not only will they have to use each stage’s terrain to meet their objective; sometimes the stones’ positions themselves will help them.
There are many ways to turn this game into a challenge for group play. The students can play a certain number of levels, the winning group of which would be the ones where the least number of moves were made. Alternatively, the groups would play until the stars awarded by the game are less than a certain number the teacher had set – whomever reaches the farthest level wins. Or this could, once again, be a game where the students can pit themselves against their teacher to see who is better. Whichever mode is chosen, this game is sure to be fun and challenging for everybody!
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Enhance your student’s shape recognition skills with this Valentine Day-themed puzzle game!
A box full of chocolates in various shapes have fallen, and it’s up to the player to put them back in their proper place. Once they’ve succeeded, they can continue clicking on the chocolate pieces to “eat” the candies.
The teacher can add a real-life element by rewarding kids with real chocolates for every correct shape that they can solve. Alternatively, the kids can also play as groups, where each group takes turns in inserting a shape (there are 13 shapes in total – the teacher can use one shape as an example on how to play the game to make the total even). The group that manages to get the most shapes correct wins their own personal box of chocolate to eat (and share)!
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Exercise your students’ memory this winter with this Snowman Memory game. It plays like most pairing memory games: players take turns in revealing two randomly sorted upturned cards on screen. If the revealed cards do not match, the cards will be turned over again to hide the images. If they match, the player keeps the paired cards which count as a point. The player with the most points wins.
Players can fight against the computer (that has a modifiable AI setting the teacher can set), or against each other. The big challenge with this version is that most of the images look nearly the same, if not for the snowmen’s different colored scarves and hats. As such, even adults may find it a little difficult… so perhaps a teacher can take this as an opportunity to play the game against her students and see how well his memory is compares to theirs!
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Snowball Fight! is a game where players are asked to hit characters appearing randomly on-screen with a snowball, which then leads to a question to be answered. Though the questions are related to math by default, they can be modified so that they can contain any topic the teacher wishes, making the game highly customizable and can be adjusted for any grade.
Teachers can make turn this into a competitive challenge by forming his students into teams, with each team having a representative. The representatives quickly tries to guess under which object on-screen the random character will appear in, with no two teams having the same guess. Whomever gets the correct answer will earn his team a point, provided that they are able to answer the given question.
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Fans of both Christmas and football will love this game of knowledge, skill, and perhaps a little bit of luck!
First, the game asks how many players or teams will be playing (either one or two). The players can choose their team names and are even offered a chance to choose the colour of their jersey. Once initial setup for the players are complete, the kick-off commences, and the game begins!
The players take turns “handling” the ball, during which they’re asked a Christmas-related historical or cultural question. If they’re able to answer the question correctly, this gives them a chance to kick the ball towards the goal and earn a point. But if the Santa keeper catches it, no points are awarded, and the next team tries their luck. The team that knows more about Christmas (and how to defeat Santa) wins!
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