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1 Spelling & Phonics Gamification and Quest Based Learning Not just playing games to learn, but making learning a game.

2 Dr. Chris Haskell of Boise State & a system of “experience points” I was first introduced to gamification by Dr. Chris Haskell at the 2011 Games in Education Symposium. Now, over 1,000 classrooms are using a gaming model with excellent results. Students engage more with material to be learned. Children have more choice & opportunity for success. The ability to “win” is always possible. Honors personal best not just the best.

3 A System of “Experience Points” I am introducing this in a small scale project for spelling and phonics. In a traditional program, children practice and work with words and are then tested on those words. They begin with a score of 100% and points are deducted for each error. In my classroom, students begin with 0 points, like in game play, and earn points for each completed “quest”.

4 A System of “Experience Points” Each “quest” is worth 10 points; this corresponds with and supports our math goals. Each student will be challenged to earn a minimum of 100 points per week. They earn points by completing “quests” best suited to their learning needs and styles.

5 “Quests” At Home Write a sentence for each spelling word. 4 sentences = 10 points or tweet a picture of your child practicing their spelling words: with magnets, chalk, paint, shaving cream, veggies, sand, etc. 10 points each Make a word collage using spelling words cut from magazines, food packages, or newspapers. Tic-Tac-Toe writing words in place of x & o In School Complete a spelling or phonics station. 10 points each Use a spelling word correctly during journal writing. 20 points (Student must bring it to the teacher’s attention.) This is worth extra points because application/use is the true goal! Mandatory Demonstrate learning on a 4 word test. Ten points for each word. “Chunk” challenge: spell as many words as you can with the targeted spelling pattern or “chunk”. 10 points each word

6 “More Quest Ideas” Write the words in... shaving cream sand salt finger paints pudding Write the words with... crayons markers colored pencils water chalk with a flashlight on the wall in the dark Shape the words with... Legos dough yarn Build the words with... magnetic letters Scrabble tiles cereal letter beads Illustrate the words...

7 Changes This system is new and may require modifications during the year, especially if it is not meeting the children’s learning needs and grade level requirements.


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