Saturday, November 17, 2007

428.1 FreeRice: Practice Vocabulary & Contribute...Multitasking At Its Best

At FreeRice, practice (and at the same time, learn) vocabulary and, as a big bonus, contribute to funds to help with world hunger issues.
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For every correct answer, ten grains of rice are donated to United Nations efforts to end world hunger. Needless to say, you won't be able to stop after just 10 grains. As you make correct word choices, the bowl fills up to make bundles of 100 grains.
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Your vocabulary level is measured by your right and wrong answers. The number of people who miss the same words also affects the leveling. Good language arts activity.
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Contributing...good community member.
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What else?
Math...use the statistics available to do some "real-world" math.
Geography...use the maps and information about the countries involved.
Social Studies...ALL the information about the social issues, history, etc. about the problem of world hunger and poverty.
Even Science...health issues, food production
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More information. Short video about the program from the director of the UN food program.
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Now I just hope it opens in the district!

4 comments:

Tricia said...

Thanks for stopping by. I have already written a lesson for the first day of my math methods class using the data from the site. I can't wait to see the ideas they'll come up with!

Books, Computers & Puppets, Oh My! said...

It was a perfect site to teach those 2 days before Thanksgiving. The class teacher and I did "think alouds" so the kids could see how we were ccoming up with the correct answers. Most the words were far beyond the ablity of a 10 year old ESL student. By end of the lesson some of the kids were trying to use our strategies so I guess it worked.

coach b said...

cool website. i got up to level 36 but then my brain started to hurt so i had to stop... i think i donated like 500 grains though. fun times...

TH said...

We just had a great time with 5th grade! Students who rarely stay on task were using dictionaries! The teacher was amazed, we used root words and suffixes, we rounded to nearest hundreds and added up our contribution, we read the numbers correctly in the totals and just had a grand time. One or two even learned a new word! Thanks again for influencing the sphere. TH