Landmark Games 2011



Landmark Games 2011
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This year's game was officially over at midnight March 18, 2011.
  The TOP 3 scores for Primary and Challenge teams have been posted.
Congratulations to Mrs. Lowe's Class in Australia and Mrs. Miller's Class in Virginia!
Links to Project Pages:

Primary Players | Primary Clues
Challenge PlayersChallenge Clues

Answers & Scores for Primary & Challenge Games 2011

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Welcome from Terry Smith, Your Project Moderator:

    Greetings to all teams!  I'll be coordinating the information flow and activities of Landmark 2011.  We'll have two levels of play again this year: Landmark Primary 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:

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 8 - 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:
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.

Sample Clues from one of last year's top scoring teams in the Primary Group - Mrs. Lowe in Australia:

week 1:
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.

week 2:
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

To Participate

Participating teachers must subscribe to the Kidproj listserv to receive the clues,announcements, updates, and results during the project.  To subscribe to Kidproj, send an email to the listserv from the email account you will use for the game as follows:

Subject: Blank
Body: subscribe kidproj

Note: if you are already on this listserv, do not sign up again.

Project Timeline

Phase I: Registering Teams and Sending Clues

1. Send registration to between Feb 1 and Feb 16.
     The deadline for joining is is February 16, 2011. I will confirm registrations by email.

<> Choose your level: Primary or Challenge
<> School name, address, phone, or Skype (If you have a Skype, use it for questions!)
<> Email address for playing the game
<> Contact person name and email
<> Number of students, age/grade level
<> School web or blog address or team Twitter (or use Twitter for questions)
<> Send your 9 clues - explained below.

2.Send nine clues and your answer to by February 16, 2011. Important: Do not send your nine clues and answer to the listserv.

3.To the KIDPROJ listserv (, send an introduction of your team and school. Teams must submit the introduction and the clues by February 16 in order to participate.

Phase II - Playing the Game - Feb 23 to March 15, 2011

On the following Mondays, a set of 3 clues from each team will be sent to participants via the listserv and also posted at the project site under Landmark Clues.

Monday Feb 21
Monday Feb 28
Monday Mar 7

During Phase II, students study the clues, and develop yes/no questions that will lead to the unknown landmarks of other teams in their playing level. ONE yes/no question may be asked by teams 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.

Questions must be constructed to be answered with yes or no. These questions are to be sent  DIRECTLY TO THE TEAM'S EMAIL ADDRESS, not to the listserv.

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.

Phase III - Make Your Guesses - Mar 14 to Mar 18, 2011

Send one email message to the moderator with the name of each participating team and your guess for their landmark. This message must be received by midnight March 18th central time.

The game is officially over midnight March 18, 2011. I will post the top 3 scores of the Primary and Challenge levels, and the  landmark answers on March 22. We will have a spreadsheet of all the answers posted also.

"Education is a social process; education is growth;
education is not a preparation for life but is life itself."
-- John Dewey

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!


Terry Smith
Moderator of Landmark 2011
Professor of Education
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

Skype: smithclass
Twitter: smithtk

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