The National Fire Protection Association has put out another great (free) app to encourage your students to get involved while practicing school content through a fun trivia game! Sparky's Brain Busters Trivia app is targeted at 3rd-5th graders. The game has different levels to represent each grade and is great for differentiation.
Rookies - 3rd grade
Stars - 4th gradeLegends - 5th grade
The game can be projected on to your smartboard (class mode) or students can play on their own or with a friend (multiplayer mode) on an ipad. Click here for a mini trailer about the game: http://ow.ly/S6njF.
Trivia questions are common core aligned (science, math, social studies and literature). There are questions about animal adaptations, erosion, solar energy, fractions, basic algebra and government (just to name a few themes). I tried the app out on third graders and they had a blast earning badges for answering questions correctly.
Students earn badges that represent different content areas:
1. Math: Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
(Farm animal accused of kicking over a lantern and starting the Great Chicago Fire)
2. Science: Caveman
(Inventor of fire)
3. Social Studies: Molly Williams
(African-American cook for NYC Fire Company 11 / first female firefighter)
4. Fire Safety: Benjamin Franklin
("Father of Firefighting" / co-founded first volunteer fire department)5. Sparky's Choice
SparkySchoolHouse for teachers: http://ow.ly/S6wMm
The site has music and videos, plus fun (FREE) lessons for preschool to fifth grade (including character traits and punctuation): http://ow.ly/S6x0Y!
There is a great video by Laura Tarshis to teach your students about The Chicago Fire of 1871
Download for free:
The app on iTunes: http://ow.ly/S6jTk
The app on Amazon for Android: http://ow.ly/S6lHJ