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Sunday, June 29, 2014

3rd Grade Game Designers!

During the months of May and June, 56 third graders had an incredibly unique opportunity! 

 



Thanks to an incredible partnership with Labyrinth Puzzles and Games, grant funded by The Capitol Hill Community Foundation, they became game designers!



This blog post will share the students' process and also include their "promotional videos" created by each team's marketing folks!

                                                                 "CARS VS. DRAGONS"
                                         

                                                                 "EXTREME CHESS"
                                          

Labyrinth owner, Kathleen Donahue and game-designer and employee extraordinaire Judy Thomas created an 8-week unit that led students through all the complex facets of game-design, from initial idea to final product!


                                                                      "FOX FIVE"

"HUNTERS"

Students had to each determine the role they would play in their 5 person teams:


"PRINCESS IN THE TOWER"

"HIDDEN TREASURE"

Then, after learning about theme vs. abstract games and game mechanics, students had to create a very rough outline for their design:


From there, the complexity of their designs developed. Depending on their role, they had specific work to complete and questions to consider:


Final games will be added to the Think Tank Lending Library for students to use next school year!

                                         "CLASH OF CLANS: DRAGONS AND PONIES"
                                        

"CODE BUSTER"
     

"MATH R' US"
     


THANK YOU Labyrinth and Capitol Hill Community Foundation! We hope to make this a 3rd grade unit each and every year!

-Mrs. Ford








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