Location: Computer room (multiple computers)
Skills Focus: reading
Language focus: In-game vocabulary
Game: BBC Senses Challenge
What makes sense here? Well, for starters the play here revolves around a BBC interactive quiz based on the 5 senses which happened to tie in nicely with a unit in a class course book that focused on verb forms connected with the 5 senses. With this topic coming up and having a computer room slot it made sense to do something fun, educational and involving and so here it is.
After covering the topic of the senses in the course book I told my class they were going to do an interactive quiz on the senses that was on a BBC website. I told them they would have to solve puzzles and answer questions that tested their senses BUT that there were a few questions I wanted to give them to answer. The questions would all be about the explanations that came when they had completed each puzzle. They should read the explanations but use their own words to write the answer. Each question number below was connected to the Quiz number in the Senses Challenge. Here are the questions:
- Why is the first optical illusion with the lines difficult to do?
- Why is it difficult to adjust the centre circle?
- How does the angle of the line affect this puzzle?
- How does this room optical illusion work?
- What things is your brain taking into account here?
- How many did you get right?
- Was this one easy or difficult?
- What happens in your brain with this one?
- How does the flickering image confuse you?
- Why do the two foods mentioned in the right answer go together?
- What are Amines?
- What does Capsaicin do and where can you find it?
- Who are the best supertasters?
- What does this part of the body do?
- How many decibels is bad for you?
- Why do you lose your hearing as you get old?
- Why do some people get car sick?
- What do receptors in your skin do?
- What surprises you about this answer?
- What do the different parts of the brain do?
- Direct students to the website and tell them to do the quiz.
- Say that the first pair to answer all of your questions is the winner.
- Fast finishers can be set the task of going for 20/20 in the quiz.
- Feedback on the answers.
- Ask students what they learnt about the senses.
- Ask them what the most interesting thing they learnt was.
- For the answers you can:
- play the quiz yourself and write them down
- play the quiz again on a single computer and ask students to identify the answers in the explanations.
- Use common sense.