Cardboard Arcade Final Products and Assessment

The grade 4s and 5s have been working hard in creating their cardboard arcades. We invited kindergarten classes to come and play and they had a blast!  The grade 4s and 5s were busy making prizes to give out using toilet paper rolls and anything else they could find. This was a very successful project because the students got to experience what it was like to turn an idea into a real-life project where other people could experience their creation with purpose.  What was even more impressing was that my special needs students who wouldn’t normally participate in regular classroom activities were able to fully participate and create a product that others could enjoy.  The ring toss picture below shows one of my special needs student who has a full time EA with him was able to create a very popular game and feel successful.

Evaluation was an important part of the learning process.  Students were asked to document their progress throughout the project, taking pictures and videos of evidence of habits of mind we have been learning about.  We discussed the success criteria together and came up with 4 areas to asses:

  1. Innovation: What was challenging? How did we solve it?
  2. Creativity: How did we use the materials and the resources?
  3. Collaboration: How did we listen to each other?  How did we show respect?
  4. Design: Does it look nice? Does it work? Is it sturdy?

Then students used Adobe Voice on the iPad to create their evaluation video.

The kindergarten classes playing with the arcades.

The kindergarten classes playing with the arcades.

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Marble maze. Try to avoid the holes!

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Throw the ball into the hole and get a prize!

Hand crafted prizes, ring toss and whack-a-mole

Hand crafted prizes, ring toss and whack-a-mole

Pop the balloons

Pop the balloons

Can you get the ball into the holes?

Can you get the ball into the holes?

Hand operated pinball machine

Hand operated pinball machine

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