Note: Some of my products have some “out there” ideas. Make sure to look at the preview before purchasing. Everyone's classroom is unique and while these lessons work within my classroom, that may not be the case in another’s room.
"You're begging me for a brand new start,
Trying to mend a bridge that's been blown apart,
But you know you never built it dad." (Bridge by Queensryche)
As with any teacher, I’m always looking to create new and innovative ways to reach my students, grasp their attention and motivate them in new and meaningful ways. One manner in which I have had great success in reaching my teenagers of the digital age are my video game and writing creations.
My newest creation combines a multitude of thinking and writing activities, inspired by the wonderful video game Bridge Constructor, created by the phenomenal game developer, Headup Games.
This guide allows the students to think on high levels, as they will need to analyze mistakes made in my bridge designs, while proposing their own structural idea. The students will also review concepts relative to basic components of a bridge, along with Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Keep in mind . . .
1. I buy the game.
2. I play the game.
3. I make the videos while playing the game.
4. I create the educational activities, which correlate with the game's concepts.
5. I complete the unit guide.
6. I contact and talk to the game's creators to get their blessing on promoting my guides.
The key, as an educator, is to be willing to go out of one’s comfort zone and be ready to try something new and innovative. If the results mirror my own classroom, you will be pleased at the results and witness your students becoming motivated to write, synthesize, and analyze at high levels.
If one chooses to take this constructive journey, they may find it helpful to follow how I use this with my classes.
Review Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Give the students a printout of the basic bridge parts and forces/loads.
Once you’ve given/reviewed the above basics, you can following the format below:
Watch my poor bridge design video
Complete the “Defining the Problem” page
Complete the Visualize/Create page
Watch my second bridge design video and complete the Evaluation page
Complete the Analyze/Refine writing prompt
Complete the Newton’s Laws page (the first bridge has been started done for you)
Complete the bridge parts labels page
***Continue this process through each bridge
→ Included in the Guide
4 Core Standards
5 About the Guide
6 Recommendations for Teaching
7 Newton’s Laws of Motion
8 - 9 Bridge Basics
10 Bridge Components
11 - 17 Bridge 1 - West to East
18 - 24 Bridge 2 - The Valley
25 - 31 Bridge 3 - Really Big Valley
32 - 38 Bridge 4 - Over Troubled Water
39 - 45 Bridge 5 - Canyon Run
46 - 52 Bridge 6 - City to City
53 - 59 Bridge 7 - Insanity Ridge
60 - 66 Bridge 8 - Without a Paddle
67 - 76 Differentiation Writing Prompt - Bridge
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