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This is an online, interactive game for students to play. It is from the Danger Rangers website which features cartoon, superhero animals that teach children to “think safe, play safe, be safe”. It is a modified version of “memory” but on each card are different safety symbol that are used in the local community. Once students correctly match a pair of cards Danger Ranger Sully explains what the sign means. This game actively engages students while allowing them to become familiar with the symbols used in their school and local community. Furthermore, research has shown that allowing children to play online games in the classroom correlates with “a willingness to engage” which will enhance their understanding of the topic (Warren et. al, 2009, pg. 490).
After playing this game, the teacher can walk students around the school and see if they can recognise any of the symbols in their school environment. This allows students to be able to both locate and identify symbols used in the community which is an aspect of the NSW K-6 HSIE Syllabus.
As an assessment allow students to play this game multiple times then pick the top five symbols that are the most relevant to your local community and have students write the meaning of each symbol. This is also a good way to test their literacy skills.
Board of Studies NSW. (2006). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Author.
Mighty Kids Media. (2011). Danger rangers safety signs. Retrieved April 4, 2014, from http://www.dangerrangers.com/flashgames/safetysigns.html
Warren, S., Dondlinger, M., Stein., R., & Barab. S. (2009). Educational game as supplemental learning tool: Benefits, challenges, and tensions arising from use in an elementary school classroom. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 20, 487-505.