Activities & Resources

The activities and resources provided here represent materials developed by the Possible Worlds team to help teacher-participants of the field studies integrate the digital games into their customary teaching of electricity.

Topic:
Electricity

Sample Instructional Sequence

This is a suggested sequence for integrating Monster Music into the topic of electricity. It was developed and refined during the classroom field-testing of the digital game

Format: PDF
Duration: Three to five class periods
Timing: Optional, according to your approach to teaching electricity
Topic:
Electricity

Electricity PowerPoint Presentation

This slide deck is a brief, general introduction to the topic of electricity, and addresses the misconception that it is a form of matter, rather than a form of energy. The presentation also addresses the common analogy of electricity flowing through wires to water flowing through a pipe, and provides alternate analogies with illustrations and animations.

Format: PowerPoint
Duration: 10 minutes (more with discussion)
Timing: Present after gameplay
Topic:
Pattern and Alignment

Stadium Cards

This activity—modeled after stadium audience card displays—uses an arrangement of printed pages to show how meaning emerges from the relationship among parts, rather than from each part individually.

Format: In-class
Duration: One class
Timing: After gameplay
Topic:
Electricity

Human Circuit

This activity provides students with a kinesthetic opportunity to see the difference between flow by connection rather than by movement through space.

Format: Kinesthetic
Duration: One class period
Timing: After gameplay
Topic:
Electricity

Lightning in Your Hand

A simple hands-on activity to create static electricity. This activity works best on a cool, dry day. If it is too hot and humid, it will not work well.

Format: Hands-on or class demonstration
Timing: After gameplay
Topic:
Electricity

Monster Music Alignment Puzzle

The Monster Music alignment puzzle is a stand alone Flash app that allows for playing the alignment mini-game separately from the full digital game. The mini-game works well on a projector and is useful for for connecting the game to traditional electricity topics.

Open the Monster Music alignment puzzle

Format: Flash app
Timing: After gameplay