Playing to Learn
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Young scholars brainstorm about video games that are designed to teach. They create and perform in small groups a live action "video game" that teaches a concept covered in class this school year.
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Unit 2: Global to Local: Understanding My Place in the Hydrosphere
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6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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