Bingo with an Ecological Twist
If you have ever played bingo before, then chances are you did it on a standard board with boring old numbers on it, and maybe had said numbers read out over the PA system of your senior assisted living home with a room full of the elderly. Still, there is a ton of untapped potential in the way that most people play Bingo. That’s because bingo is inherently a flexible game that can be used as an instrument in the classroom of life in the skilled and creative teacher’s hands.
Bingo as a Teaching Tool
Whether it is multiplication times tables or basic words to another language, Bingo is a game that can adapt to the user’s needs to actually teach something. You make up your own custom board, you decide what goes on it. In this case, students learning about ecology can put down a few different categories of environmentally-related subjects. Things like energy resources, ecosystems, climate changes, endangered and extinct species, and ways to go green are all excellent possible categories to delve into with a young learner.
Newsitesforbingo.com and other such bingo sites can be a great way to get introduced to the whole world of bingo. The game of bingo is then carried out as normal, only with a type of question and answer format. To the question of, ‘what is the current most alarming and urgent threat that we are faced with today,’ you might have a shortlist of acceptable answers like global warming, non-renewable energy resources, or the extinction of species; however, things like acid rain, the ozone layer, or something along those lines would not be appropriate answers for that particular question. It is, at the end of the day, a game, so have fun with it as a healthy teaching tool in the classroom.
Mix it Up
One way you can keep things interesting for the kids is to have cards that they can come up and read as questions for a new game if they win the last one. This is generally a tip that helps even the most disinterested of children engaged, if only for the opportunity to play the authority figure for just one round. Also, by seeing the correct answer on the card, they are also internalizing and learning as they go along. This adaptation of the traditional game of bingo produces a fun way to introduce really important, life-altering information to kids, who absolutely need to know about the science of how to keep our earth vibrant and healthy.
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