Australian Landmark Game Players
"Education is a social process; education is growth;
education is not a preparation for life but is life itself." -- John Dewey
Welcome from Terry Smith, Your Project Coordinator:
Greetings to all teams! I'll be coordinating the information flow and activities of the Landmark Games. We'll have two levels of play again this year: Landmark Primary (Group A and Group B) and Landmark Challenge. School teams may choose to participate in one of these levels. The games will be carried out separately, but on the same timeline.
Landmark Primary Game:
Primary Clues must have at least (1) one coordinate (latitude or longitude); (2) at least 1 relevant associated date; and (3) a hemisphere-related clue.If subject matter such as math or history is used to give clues, it should fall within the reasonable knowledge area of kids ages 9 - 11. Clues should be fact-based as much as possible. Finally, the Landmark must exist or have existed at one time in history on planet Earth.
Landmark Challenge Game:
This is the Pro game. Challenge Clues are open-ended as in our past Landmark projects. Our advanced players should keep in mind that the game is more rewarding and fun when others have enough information to make some progress. Remember that students from around the world are reading your clues. This means that some "local" clues might be impossible to figure out. Please think globally.
Phase I: To Join, Send ALL of the following information:
1. Teachers register free with Kidlink - Registration Page Link.
2. Next, send the following Landmark Project information to firstname.lastname@example.org between Jan 30 and Feb 10.
<> Choose your level: Primary or Challenge
<> School name, address, country, phone, skype, twitter, blog, web.
<> Email address for playing the game
<> Teacher name and email - and the name of your team.
<> Number of students, age/grade level
3. Send your nine clues and your answer to email@example.com by February 10, 2017.
Communicate with Other Kidlink Teachers:
You can communicate on the Landmark FACEBOOK page (a closed group for teachers only).
Here are Clues created by Mrs. Lowe's grade 4 in Australia. All nine of her class clues were sent to the project coordinator. The clues were then posted, 3 at a time, over a 3-week period. See the dates below under Playing the Game.
1. This landmark was an internment camp during World War I.
2. Several naturally occurring salt lakes can be found at this landmark.
3. This landmark has more than 13 shipwrecks in the surrounding area.
4. More than 500,000 people visit this landmark each year.
5. This landmark is located 18 kilometres off the coast.
6. This landmark is 11 kilometres long.
7. This landmark was named in 1696.
8. You can find this landmark between 100 and 125 degrees east longitude.
9. This landmark is in the southern hemisphere.
Answer: Rottnest Island
Phase II - Playing the Game - Feb 13 to March 3, 2017
On the following Mondays, a set of 3 clues from each team will be posted at the project site under Landmark Clues. You will need to look in either the Primary Clues (Group A or B) or the Challenge Clues.
Monday Feb 13
Monday Feb 20
Monday Feb 27
(1) During Phase II, students study the clues, and develop yes/no questions to try and decipher the unknown landmarks in their playing level. ONE yes/no question may be emailed to each team during each of the three weeks. A total of 3 yes/no questions can be asked of each site,but only one emailed question per week. Keeping a tracking folder/log is essential to managing the volume of information that is exchanged in this project.
Please see Tips for Landmark in Your Classroom if you would like ideas for implementing this game.
Questions must be constructed to be answered with Yes or No. These questions are to be sent DIRECTLY TO THE TEAM'S EMAIL ADDRESS which you will find in either the Primary Players or Challenger Players link.
(2) Reply with a yes or no when receiving a question from another team. It is very helpful if you will send the original question back with your reply to help teams organize and track all of the project information. Be sure to identify yourself when you reply. And feel free to exchange other information and conversation as you interact in this project.
Teams are not allowed to Guess the Landmarks during the project, but only to ask the Yes or No questions. See below for submitting answers.
Phase III - Make Your Answers - Mar 6 to Mar 11, 2017
The project coordinator will post a list of all players in the individual groups an Answer Sheet on the Facebook Group and the Landmark web site. Each team will add their guesses to the answer sheet and send back to the project coordinator.
I will post the top 5 scores of the Primary and Challenge levels, and all Landmark answers on March 15.
Work together in your social groups and enjoy this adventure. It's the real thing, not a practice, not a test, but a real world challenge. Good luck to all of our teams around the world!
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