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Carnival Games

Details

Space: 
inside
Time: 
3-4 hours
Subject: 
English
Math
Science
Grades: 
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Key Terms: 
arcade game
coins
Theme
how to play
cardboard
rules
dimensions
centimeters or inches
Materials: 
GoPro
Computers
Paper
Utility knife
Cardboard cutter
Duct tape
masking tape
paper towel rolls
Ruler
Scissors
styrofoam
Caine's Arcade video
laminator

Lesson Overview

Teacher Overview:

Carnival Games is a fun inexpensive challenge for students. The challenge incorporates researching games, engineering, writing out instructions and playing the games.  These games are built out of cardboard and paper. Watch the video link below to learn more about cardboard carnival games.

Student Summary: 

You will  design your own cardboard arcade game. You will be given a set amount of time to build your games.

Each group must design a blueprint with specific measurements to the nearest ½ inch. Each group will need a list of instructions and at least three rules that explain how to win the game. Each game must include a ball.

You will  incorporate a theme into your game, such as, animals, cars, perseverance, music, mascots, etc. Your game  may include mazes, pinball, or ball and hoop. Your arcade game could even be a throwing game.

Lesson Phases

Plan

What is the most important part of the plan?
Description: 
Students must capture video of their own plans and upload video to Step 1 of CrossBraining App. They will then narrate and answer the reflection questions on the CrossBraining Platform. When students have completed Step 1 on the CrossBraining App, next they will get their materials. Teachers should double-check that all the groups have the materials they need to pull off the project. Groups will be given 50 minutes to build their game. They will have two class periods to completely build their game and write out the directions.

Perform

How has collaboration with other students helped?
Description: 
Students must capture video of their group building their carnival games and upload video to Step 2 of CrossBraining App. They must also capture the building process and then narrate and answer the reflection questions for Step 2. Groups also must identify a change or fix that they made while building their game.

Polish

How many times did you make a change from the original plan?
Description: 
Students must capture video of their iterations of building their carnival game and upload video to Step 3 of CrossBraining App. They must also capture, narrate and answer the reflection questions in Step 3 of the CrossBraining App. The Carnival Game Instructions on how to play the game should be very clear. The instructions should answer the following questions: How do you win? If you win by getting points, how do you get points and are there different ways to get higher points (example, a free throw is worth 1 point, a shot behind the arc is worth 3 points)? How many chances do you get? How do you lose? Is there a time limit?

Produce

What will you do next time to make the project go smoother?
Description: 
Students must capture video of playing their game and playing each others’ games. They should capture each game’s instructions, too and upload video to Step 1 of CrossBraining App. Groups must also upload, narrate and answer the reflection questions in Step 4.

Student Video

Teacher Resources

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