Curriculum and Activity Kits

Curriculum and Activity Kits

Here are some Curriculum and Activity Kits created by educators who have been using Caine’s Arcade to teach STEM/STEAM, entrepreneurship, creative writing, social media and more. Or create your own and share with our Inspired Educators Facebook Group.
 
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ACTIVITY KITS: 
 
Cardboard Math Arcade 

Description: Watch the 'Caine's Arcade' short film and build arcades
Author: Liliris
Grade Level: 4th grade
Subjects:  Comprehension, Planning, Design, Building
 
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Caine's Arcade Super Pack (Includes 4 Extension Activities: Story Problems, Name Poems, T-shirt Design, Interview Caine)

Description: Watch film, build arcades, do story problems, write an acrostic name poem, design a t-shirt, interview Caine.
Author: Kim Sandusky
Grade Level: 3rd grade
Subjects: Comprehension, Vocabulary, Geography, Design, Math, English, Poetry, Music, Journalism, Communication
 
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Geometry Game
 
Description: Work in teams to design games exploring Geometry concepts.
Grade Level: 7-12
Author: Marc Humpert
Works at: MIND Research Institute Subjects: Geometry, Game Design, Teamwork
 
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Miniature Golf Game

Description: Make cardboard games to explore reflections and isometries.
Grade Level: 7-12
Author: Marc Humpert Works at: MIND Research Institute
Subjects: Geometry
 
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MORE IDEAS: "Be Caine for a Day" Diary
  • Activity - Have students write about what it would be like to be Caine for a Day.  (Example questions - What do you think about when you build your games?  What kind of cool things do you do on your free time?) ** You can even teach your students a little about bookmaking by binding all of their entries together.
  • Materials - Paper/notebook
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Pizza Marble Mazes
  • Activity - Students design and build mazes/labyrinths using pizza boxes and simple materials. Play each others' games and record the highest scores/fastest times.  Celebrate with a pizza party.  (You can use marble mazes to teach teamwork, design, fractions, food groups, nutrition, etc.)
  • Materials - Pizza boxes, popsicle sticks, glue, marbles
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Make Your Own Documentary
  • Activity - Explain to students what  a documentary is.  Show them the film, and ask them to think about someone or something they would like to make a documentary about.  Have them shoot a mini-documentary by themselves or in groups and have an in-class film festival. (Some questions to ask:  What is a documentary?  Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?  What's your favorite fiction/non-fiction story/film and why? What makes a story interesting?)
  • Materials - Paper, pencil, video camera, camera phone
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Build Your Own Creation!
  • Activity - Have students build their own arcade game, toy, or creation out of recycled material.  (Example questions - What would you like to make?  What will you need in order to make your creation?  Make a sketch of your creation.) ** If your students are learning geometry, you can have them use concepts from geometry to build their games.
  • Materials - Ask students to bring in materials they will need to build their creation.  You can also take a look at our list of suggested materials.
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Create Your Own Poem/Song
  • Activity - Have students write a poem/song like in the 'Caine's Arcade' film.  Do an acrostic poem:  write your name from top to bottom, then think of one word for each letter that describes you or your creation.  Have a class performance!
  • Materials - Paper, pencil, optional: musical instruments and video camera
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Caine's Arcade Math Problems
  • Activity -  Create math problems for students using references to Caine's Arcade. (Example questions - If Caine starts with 100 Fun Passes and only has 7 at the end of the day, how many did he sell?   A prize costs 250 tickets.  If one of the games lets you win 5 tickets at a time, what's the minimum number of times you have to win the game to get the prize.  If Caine has a perfectly square piece of cardboard with a perimeter of 20 inches, what does each size measure?)
  • ** If your students are learning square roots, you can have them solve a few problems and then have them hit the "check mark" button to check "for security."
  • Older students can write Caine's Arcade math story problems for each other.
  • Materials - Math worksheets
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Design Your Own Shirt
  • Activity -  Have students design a t-shirt for an imaginary business.  What does their business do or sell?  Who will buy/use their product?  What their company's slogan or logo?   (They can also design a t-shirt to inspire others to do something, express who they are, or give as a gift to a friend or family member.)
  • Then have a shirt-decorating day.  Make sure they decorate the front and the back!
  • Materials - Paper, crayons, color pencils, optional: t-shirts, fabric markers, puffy paint
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Caine's Arcade Geography
  • Activity - Have students locate Caine's Arcade on a map.  Ask students a few geography questions. (Example questions - How many states do you have to cross to get to the arcade?  What are the names of the states? Discuss cities, states, countries & continents.  Have students talk about their favorite places and where they'd like to visit. Play "Pin-the-City-on-the-Country" (or -State)
  • Materials - Map of the US/World

 

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commented 2014-04-07 23:03:43 -0700 · Flag
Creativity is the base of the progress. If a students can bring some creativity in it works it means that he will mark the good ranks in the future. Extra curriculum activities is the real source of the students base for the good study. You have add something for their nutrition program too. Like adding a competition to create smoothies and other like this. http://smoothie-maker.net/reviews/ shows that their are several models of blenders which can be easily operate by the kids.
commented 2013-12-29 23:21:14 -0800 · Flag
Thank you
@Jessi_Roman mentioned @imagination link to this page. 2012-09-14 07:43:18 -0700
Curriculum and Activity Kits http://t.co/nR98aYLC via @imagination
"The kids who are building and sharing their own cardboard creations can instantly see themselves as part of a real movement.” -MacArthur Foundation