As a kid I used to watch the television show Concentration, and this exercise is based on memories of that show. The image at the right is of a screen initially covered with ten white rectangles, with each one hiding one of the ten text blocks. Keeping in mind that the activity is being done on a SMART Board, when someone applies pressure to a rectangle, that rectangle will become transparent allowing you to see the text hidden behind it. Anytime a match is found, the two rectangles hiding the text are deleted by the person who made the match. And this is what the entire screen would look like when all the matches are uncovered. Two of the text blocks also have accompanying songs. Click to see a full size version of the uncovered Concentration screen.
As I recall from the tv game show, matching squares would uncover a portion of a rebus to be solved. My version is much simpler! A match consists of two rectangles with related information. Anytime a match is made, the text is deleted to uncover a portion of an image which is hidden behind all of the text. Given that this exercise will be done at the end of a day that began with lots of talks about general school information, and during those talks everyone will remain quietly seated in a large auditorium, the goal of this exercise is for some shake, rattle and roll to happen!
By game’s end the entire image will be exposed. Part of this “game” deals with the content, but a larger part deals with the activity itself. To play involves movement (getting up out of your seat to come to the board), tactile interaction with the board (using fingers to tap, press, and move items on the screen), communication (with everyone else in the room), listening to evocative music, trying to focus on the content while (hopefully) having fun, and channeling an outlet for the emotions associated with the start of a new school year. Click to see a full size version of the Brain screen.
This is the seventh of about twenty or fewer posts and for further information about this series, please read Closings and Openings. As you follow the development of this activity, please feel free to chime in with suggestions or questions!