This activity helps students familiarize themselves with the features of the Playground Physics app and helps them use the app to record playful performances.
0.2 — Getting Started: Bingo
For this activity, students will need to explore all of the features of the app so they know how to use them and are prepared for more targeted use in later lessons.
Expected Activity Time
- Total Activity Time: 45 minutes
- Introduction: 15 minutes
- Activity: 20 minutes
- Discussion: 10 minutes
Materials and Prep
- Student Handout: Getting Started: App Instructions
- Student Handout: Tips for Filming
- Student Worksheet: Bingo
- iPad with Playground Physics app
- Optional: Projector plugged into iPad
- Optional: Props to make fun videos
Introduction: 15 minutes
- We suggest showing the following video that walks through all of the steps to using the app to introduce how to use the app to students.
To access the video, you must enter the case-sensitive password “PlaygroundPhysics”.
- If you don’t have the capabilities to show the video in your classroom, you can use the handout App Instructions to go over the steps to recording and annotating the video as a class.
- After watching the video, review the handout Tips for Filming with your students.
- Next, show students the bingo cards and allow them time to read through the tasks. To complete the boxes that are empty, students will need to create their own activities. Remind students to fill out the data in the boxes that require it. Students should also write notes in each box so they remember which recording contains the performance that corresponds to the correct box.
- Tell students the location where they will complete the activity (a playground or gym works well). Show students the fun props that will be available to them to create videos.
Activity: 20 minutes
- Head outside. Allow students time to explore and play.
- The first individual or group to complete four activities in a row correctly and shouts “Bingo” wins. If time allows, challenge students to get a blackout and finish all of the boxes on the card. When an individual or group of students successfully gets a row and shouts “Bingo,” the game is paused to see if he, she, or they have indeed won.
Discussion: 10 minutes
- Have the students present their videos and data to the rest of the class. It is important for other students to see what this individual or group of students did, and to learn from each other.
- Debrief by asking for volunteers to share what they learned and how they figured out what to do and how to do it.
- End by having students share one activity or idea they are excited to explore with the app.
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