Wild Earth African Safari

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Wild Earth: African Safari 

Game overview:  Play as a photojournalist and drive through Serengeti National Park taking dramatic photos of exotic animals at different times of the day and in different weather conditions.  There are 11 picture taking missions, allowing children to photograph animals from both land and air, taking care of their young, stalking prey and moving through their natural habitat. More than 30 different animals are included in the game, with a setting to allow children to play from the perspective of the animals, seeing the Serengeti from a frog’s eye view. Photos can be kept in individual player’s portfolios and viewed as a slideshow. Photos are made harder to take if children are encroaching on the habitat, shown by the rumbling of the Wii remote.

Year 1/2: Literacy, Speaking and listening, Maths, Science, ICT, Music, Role Play

Skills: Speaking and listening/collaboration

Maths:

  • Positional and directional language
  • Maps, co-ordinates, using beebots, planning routes
  • Collecting data – pictograms, charts tally charts

Literacy:

Science: Habitats, impact on different environments, camouflage, plants,

ICT:

1D Labelling & classifying (draw animals found and create labels)

1E Representing information graphically: pictograms

1F Understanding instructions and making things happen

2A Writing stories: communicating information using text

2B Creating pictures

2D Routes: controlling a floor turtle

Music: Create soundscapes using instruments

Role Play: Safari jeep, tented area for base camp

Year 3/4: Math, Literacy, ICT, Science, Geography, Art, PSHE, Music, Role Play

Literacy :

Maths:

  • Understanding how to give directions, left right, North/South/East/West, up, down
  • Collate information about the animals viewed into graphs/tables
  • Develop maps of Serengeti National Park – skills, co-ordinates, maps, atlas
  • Plan a holiday – budgets, convert currency.

PHSE – Unit 02 – Choices : How to work successfully as a team to achieve as many objectives as possible in a given time.

PHSE:   Unit 03 : Animals and us

Science:

  • Interdependence and adaptation
  • Predator/prey, food chains/webs
  • Habitats

Geography:

  • Routes, map skills, co-ordinates, atlas work
  • Google earth – journey from school to Serengeti
  • Physical/man made features
  • River study
  • Plan journey from Uk to Africa

ICT: (videomercials advertising Serengeti/wildlife, greenscreening,)

Web 2.0 – Switcheroozoo, wordle

3A : Combining text & Graphics

3B Manipulating sound (soundtrack to wii game)

3D : Exploring Simulations

3E Email (travel company to arrange holiday)

4A Writing for different audiences

4B Developing images using repeating patterns (African/tribal patterns)

4D Collecting and presenting information:questionnaires and pie charts

Art – NC 1a & 1c, 3a & 3b, 4a & 5 a,b,c

African art, such as that by Stephen Njenga: http://www.trueafricanart.com/Stephen-Njenga.html

Music: Soundscapes using traditional African instruments

Role Play: Tented area – base camp, explorer’s base, wildlife expert

Year 5/6: Literacy, Maths, ICT, Science, Art

Literacy:

  • Writing and designing a postcard from the Serengeti National Park
  • Diary
  • Travel brochure
  • Talking postcards
  • Narrative: ‘A day in the life of…’ ‘What happens next…’
  • Instructions: how to take a picture, how to act safely around animals
  • Poetry
  • Journalist’s recount of events of the day
  • Letters home from safari
  • Interviews with journalist or experts in wildlife (podcast/record using easipeak microphones)
  • Animal factfiles
  • Safari guides
  • Note-taking
  • Persuasive writing/adverts for holiday/travel blurbs to accompany videos – Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImR8xGfEL90   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEsyjuUzbuM
  • Class debate about zoos
  • Stories from different cultures: Africa (Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo, The Awongaleema Treewww.rogerjenkins.com.sg/videolinks2.html or www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7hWO2SIj2w&feature=related,  by Paul Geraghty )

Maths:

  • Understanding how to give directions, left right, North/South/East/West, up, down
  • Collate information about the animals viewed into graphs/tables
  • Develop maps of Serengeti National Park – skills, co-ordinates, maps, atlas
  • Plan a holiday – budgets, convert currency
  • Weather/temperatures/rainfall – calculate range, mean, mode, average.

ICT: (videomercials advertising Serengeti/wildlife, greenscreening,)

Web 2.0 – Switcheroozoo, wordle

 

5D Introduction to spreadsheets (Budget for a holiday)

5E Controlling devices

5F Monitoring environmental conditions and changes

6A Multimedia presentation

6B Spreadsheet modelling

6C Control and monitoring – What happens when…?

Art – NC 1a & 1c, 3a & 3b, 4a & 5 a,b,c

African art, such as that by Stephen Njenga: http://www.trueafricanart.com/Stephen-Njenga.html

Music: Soundscapes using traditional African instruments

Role Play: Tented area – base camp, explorer’s base, wildlife expert

Links to teachers that have used this game successfully in their classrooms:

http://olliebray.typepad.com/olliebraycom/2009/10/tim-rylands-hhl09-and-african-safari.html

http://primarypete.net/wildearth-iloveitwhenaplancomestogether

http://primarypete.net/wild-earth-bringing-the-savannah-to-the-classroom

http://nickynewbury.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/wild-earth-african-safari/

http://nickynewbury.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/wild-african-safari-day-2/

http://nickynewbury.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/wild-earth-african-safari-day-3/

http://nickynewbury.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/african-safari-continued/

http://nickynewbury.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/end-of-our-african-adventure-for-now/

http://delicious.com/primarypete/thegreatestriveronearth

http://www.handheldlearning2009.com/proceedings/video/905-video/309-tim-rylands

http://www.edjournal.co.uk/read/vol1-issue1/going-on-safari-games-based-learning-in-action

http://redbridgegamesnetwork.blogspot.com/2010/05/african-safari-on-wii-year-4.html

http://bitsbobsandwaffles.blogspot.com/2009/11/african-safari-wii-project-in-year-3.html

http://bitsbobsandwaffles.blogspot.com/2009/11/wii-project-final-ideas.html

http://suffolkwiiproject.blogspot.com

http://gamesbasedlearning.wordpress.com

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