Who Wants To Be A Ruler?

 

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introduction

task

process

resources

scoring guide

conclusion

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Introduction

Have you ever thought about how much we rely on measurements?  We travel in miles, and our road signs tell us how far we have to go.  We buy gasoline by the gallon, so we can get places.  We weigh ourselves to know how much we have grown.  We depend on measurements everyday of our lives.  What would life be

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        like without them?  How would we sell things?  After all, money is a form of measurement.  Look at the labels of the food and drink you consume everyday; they all contain measurements.  Measurements are all over the world.  You can't escape them!!  When you travel to another country, often you need to know the language they speak.  The same is true with measurements.  Most of the rest of the world uses a different measuring system than the U.S.  Its called the Metric System.  So, do you feel left out yet?  That's right.  The U.S. is behind.  We are not the leader when it comes to measurement.  This is your chance to get caught up.  Take a look at both systems and decide for yourself.  Which is easier for you to use?

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The Task

Humans love games.  All kinds of games:  board games, game shows, sport games.  They are great to watch, and they are fun to play.  In order to get to know the two systems well, your team will be divided into four experts, each one researching a different aspect of measurement.  Your task in this quest is to develop a board game which incorporates measurements from both systems: their definitions, comparisons of different units, how to switch between systems, how to switch within both systems and common examples of objects from everyday life and their measurements.   This game will be mainly used by Americans of all ages to help them have fun while learning the Metric System.

 

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The Process

Please read all of the process section before you begin.

Brainstorm attributes that you like about specific board games, and attributes that you do not like about specific board games.

Decide on a general idea of how your game will work, consider the objective of the game and game layout as well.  Once you decide on an idea, you will be ready to start your research.

There are 4 experts on your team.  Each person on your team must choose one of the following expert categories.

                          *  Mass and expert

                          *  Volume expert

                          *  Length and Distance expert

                          *  U.S. Metric Historian

Each expert must print out the Guiding Questions Sheet from the provided links to their category in the Resource section of this quest.

Each expert will use the other links provided to help them gather information and learn how to use part of the Metric and U.S. systems.  The Guiding Questions Sheet will help you to know what to look for.

When all 4 experts have researched and become experts on their section, your team will get together to share what you have learned.  Each member of your team should be familiar and comfortable with ALL the researched material.

When all experts have shared their findings, the team should develop a plan used to construct a board game that incorporates all you have discovered. (see scoring guide)  A list of tasks that will need to be done along with the name of the expert responsible for that task will be of use in dividing up the chores.  Remember your game will also need written directions in order for people to know how to play, what the objective is, etc.

Construct the game keeping in mind your purpose and your audience.  Use of humor, music, art or anything you desire to make the game entertaining is highly valued.

Have FUN playing!  We will be sharing our games, and I will be using them for future reference and fun.        

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The Resources

Mass Expert

    Mass-Guiding Questions Sheet

    Think Quest - mass

    How much do you weigh in outer space?

    Properties of Matter-Mass

    All About Measurements (explore the metric system and mass areas of this site)

    Convert-Me Conversion

    Science Made Simple-Conversions

    U.S. Mass

    definition of "unit" 

 

Volume Expert                                                                  

    Volume-Guiding Questions Sheet

    Think Quest - volume

    All About Measurements (explore the metric system and volume areas)

    Properties of Matter - volume

    Science Made Simple-Conversions

    Convert-Me Conversion

    U.S. volume (capacity)

    definition of "unit"

 

 

 

Length and Distance Expert

    Length and Distance Guiding Questions Sheet

    Think Quest - length

    All About Measurements (explore the metric system and length areas)

    Convert-Me Conversion

    Science Made Simple - length conversions

    U.S. length 

    definition of "unit"

 

 

U.S. Metric Historian

    U.S. Metric Historian Guiding Question Sheet

    Metric News

    Questions and Answers About the Metric System

    Why the Decimal System is Easier

    The Chronology of The SI Metric System

 

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             Scoring Guide   

 

 

Beginning

Developing

Accomplished

Measurement information contained within the game

Measurement information within the game involved only one system of measurement, and/or was weak in providing information.  One or more expert areas were missing.  Game tasks were not challenging.  No examples were used. Measurement information used within the game involved both systems of measurement, and were accurate for the most part.  An investigation of all 4 expert areas was evident, but had no extensions.  Game tasks were somewhat challenging.  Familiar objects were used for comparisons.

Measurement information used within the game involved both systems of measurement equally, and were accurate.     A thorough investigation from all 4 expert areas was evident, and contained extensions.  Game tasks were  appropriately challenging.  Examples could be understood by all users for size comparisons.

point value 27 pts. 33 pts. 40 pts.

 

Game Instructions

 

Game instructions were written, but had no evidence of audience.  The objective of the game was unclear.  The users had many questions while playing the game. Game instructions were written with the users in mind.  The objective of the game was stated.  The instructions were clear for the most, and they were somewhat easy to follow.  The users seldom asked questions while playing the game. Game instruction were written with the users in mind.  The objective of the game was clearly stated.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow.  All needed information was given to the user.  The users had no questions while playing the game.
point value 17 pts. 21 pts. 25 pts.

 

Organization of Game

 

 

Game took some effort to follow.  The structure was not obvious.  The theme was not used consistently throughout the game.  Game layout had some flows.

Game was fairly easy to follow.  The structure was evident.  The theme was carried throughout the game.  Game layout was somewhat organized.

Game was easy to follow and to play.  The structure was clearly evident, and the theme was carried  throughout the game.  Game layout was well organized.
point value

14 pts.

16 pts.

20 pts.

Originality of Game Game was modeled off of other existing games. Game is somewhat like other games but has many unique aspects. Game is unique and not similar to any other game.
point value

11 pts.

13 pts.

15 pts.

 

Visual Characteristics of Game

 

Game lacks visual appeal.  It does not attract nor hold the users attention. Game is somewhat appealing and uses  graphics.  It has items that help to keep the users attention. Game is appealing and uses the appropriate amount of color and graphics.  It has items attract the user to the game.
point value

8 pts.

9 pts.

10 pts.

 

 

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The Conclusion

Congratulations!  You did it.  You gathered information and analyzed it to determine mathematical patterns.  You found the similarities and differences between the two systems, and you worked together to develop a game in which everyone can enjoy. Now that you have had an opportunity to play with the games created by other teams, you should have a good idea of the ways in which humans use measurements and how  systems of measurements can differ.  As you determined, switching between two systems of measurement can be a difficult task.  So, which do you find easier to use?  Do you think the U.S. should use more of the Metric System in the measurements they use?  Just think of all the changes that would have to be made.  What would be the best way for the U.S. to handle the change?  There are so many questions that could use further investigation.  This topic has been an issue in our county for a long time.  Your generation will be the one that will be deciding on issues such as these.  The more you know, the better decisions you'll  be able to make.

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