What it is: Mission U.S. is a brand new multimedia adventure game site (currently a preview site) that is set to officially launch September 21, 2010. The site will feature interactive adventure games that are set throughout U.S. history. The first game, Mission 1: For Crown or Colony, is available for play now. In For Crown or Colony, student play Nat Wheeler, a 14 year old printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. As students explore Boston 1770, they will encounter merchants, soldiers, sailors, poets, Patriots, and Loyalists. The game helps students virtually experience the rising tensions of 1770 and ultimately asks them to choose where their loyalties lie. The website is extremely classroom friendly, teachers can use the teacher tools to manage classrooms and track student progress. The teacher page is incredible, on it you will find everything from models of instruction, to a synopsis of each stage of the game, to additional tips and resources, and a downloadable version of the game. From the looks of the site there are more great adventures in history to come!
How to integrate Mission US into your curriculum: Mission U.S. looks like it is going to be an amazing collection of adventure games that drop your students right in the middle of American history. Students will really understand the history they are learning as they meet historical characters, learn about the conflicts of the day, and are asked to make decisions of loyalty. A textbook just can’t provide this kind of up-close-and-personal experience with history. Use the Mission U.S. game and resources to immerse your students in history. Student progress can be tracked making it easy to use in the classroom as a center or in a lab setting.
Tips: Students can even play the pennywhistle in the mini game, Pennywhistle hero.
Please leave a comment and share how you are using Mission US in your classroom!
Jigsaw Planet Tech Rules/RUPThe beginning of the year is a time of new rules, policies, and procedures. Make it fun and memorable using interactive Jigsaw puzzles. This collection includes lesson plan (aligned to ISTE NETS), alternative lesson ideas, a Step-by-Step guide for creating interactive jigsaw puzzles, templates in both Keynote (09) and PowerPoint (97-2010), and a sample Responsible Use Policy.
Grade Level: k-5
Requirements for lesson:
*Computer with projector OR interactive whiteboard