Lesson: Rhyming Words!
I created this arcade game to teach 3rd graders how to rhyme words and match them. I used actual dimes and covered them with tape that I can write words on. 18 dimes for the 18 slots. I had chocolate containers, so I reused them for the word slots. I titled this game Rhyme-A-Dime because it rhymes which is the main point of this invention. Then I made a styrofoam ramp to slide or roll the dimes on and also added lanes with halves of index cards to it so the aiming could be easier. I placed all of this in a box to hold the ramp up and keep the game together. Every player is given 3 rolling attempts for all 3 different words and they recieve 3 points for each correct slot they make.
The words written inside the dime slots are 3rd grade level words, but can be changed depending on the grade level. Creating this game was simple and it was interesting to see the many ideas I kept coming up with to make it better.
The dimes display the words that need to be matched with the words in the slots. This game can be educationally modified in a math related way by using the values of the coins used and rolling them down to certain amounts. Students will be able to learn how to sum up coins and practice their value.
When I attempted the game, I discovered that it was a very fun way of teaching how to rhyme words because it required prior planning to decide which word to roll the dime towards. There were a few times I missed the correct slot, so I tried different angles with my hand to roll the dime. When my brothers played, they enjoyed the concept of the game because their hand coordination is good and made it in the slot every time, then I made it more challenging for them by raising the ramp to make the dime land mainly straight down, but they figured out that the speed of the rolling needs to increase to get the slot they needed. Overall, I would definitely recommend others to try to create and play this game with children because I believe it teaches an effective English lesson. I mainly focused on making this educational game an English lesson since my major is English and Childhood Education, so this assignment helped me get a glimpse of ways I can use my creativity and imagination to teach something children should learn.