In The Animals Game, a fun science activity, students pick an animal and make the computer guess its name. It’s really a test of the student’s grasp of animal characteristics, but with a twist so that the student runs the show.
Students answer questions yes or no, and the computer quickly closes in on the answer. Of course the student displays quite a bit of knowledge about animals in answering the questions to help the computer. There are 28 animals to choose from, and students will enjoy repeating the activity many times. This is a fun way to learn how to classify animals by their characteristics, and to begin to associate animals that share a given trait.
Because there are only two buttons on a page, The Animals Game is a good content-rich activity for students using alternative access, including switches. This non-linear activity is available in Classroom Suite®, Clicker 5®, and as a PDF file. You can use the PDF version on the computer, or print out the 50 page book and use it like one of the classic choose-your-adventure books. There is an IntelliKeys® overlay, and a Dynavox® package version of it, to run the Classroom Suite version. See the Special Needs Access section on the System Reqs page for information on controlling the Classroom Suite version from PRC devices.
Alternate Straight-Line Story
A second activity, What I Like About Animals, is a straight-line narrative that also teaches students about the characteristics of various animal groups. It’s at a simpler reading level, and could be a lead-in to The Animals Game. It could also be used as an alternative assignment for students who would find The Animals Game too difficult. This activity is available in Classroom Suite, Clicker 5, My Own Bookshelf®, PowerPoint®, and PDF. In addition, the Classroom Suite version can be run from PRC devices, There are IntelliKeys overlays, and a Dynavox® version of the overlays are included.
A comprehension test for What I Like About Animals is also here to download, in Test Me Score Me®, Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 formats, and in Microsoft© Word, both the 97-2003 version, and one made in Word 2007 on Vista®. The Word format comprehension tests could be used with both the PowerPoint and the PDF stories. In addition, there is a Cloze Pro® activity for this story.
Note that the download for The Animals Game, What I Like About Animals, and the comprehension test activities are a single zip file for Classroom Suite. The three Dytnavox versions of the overlays are also a single zip file. For Clicker 5, the single download for all three activities is an integrated study unit with a menu grid, and the entire folder must be copied into the Clicker 5 Shared files. For details on integrated study units, click here.
Be sure to also download the flow chart, which displays the entire logic tree of the activity, an Animals Chart, which displays the array of 28 animals to choose, and the Animals Alternates. This last chart is for the teacher, and includes substitutions you could make to swap in some other animals, just to keep the activity fresh. Finally, the clip art from both The Animals Game and What I like About Animals can be downloaded and used to make more activities.
Application needed: MicroSoft Word, Acrobat Reader, PowerPoint, Clicker 5, Cloze Pro, IntelliTools Classroom Suite, My Own Bookshelf, Test Me Score Me.
Subject area: Science, Reading.
Level: Grades 4-5 (Animals Game), 2-3 (What I like…).
AnimalsGame.pdf (3.8 MB) The Animals Game activity to print or use on the computer. Acrobat Reader.
WhatILikeAboutAnimals.pdf (1.1 MB) What I Like About Animals book to print or use on the computer. Acrobat Reader.
WhatILikeAboutAnimalsTest.doc (1.2 MB) Test on What I Like About Animals story using clip art for answers. Print out or fill in letter answers on the computer. Open in Microsoft Word 97 or later.
WhatILikeAboutAnimalsTestVista.docx (974 KB) Test on What I Like About Animals story using clip art for answers. Print out or fill in letter answers on the computer. Open in Microsoft Word 2007 or later. This version was saved from Vista, because I had some layout problems when I opened the Word 97-2003 version in Vista running Word 2007.
Clicker 5 and Cloze Pro
AnimalGameClick.zip (6.4 MB) Unit includes The Animals Game, What I Like About Animals, Show What You Know About What I Like About Animals, and a menu grid with links to the three activities. Decompress the zip file, and copy the entire folders into Clicker 5. When student clicks on the folders from Clicker Explorer, the menu grid will open.
AnimalsCloze.clz (6.7 KB) Tests comprehension by using the text from What I Like About Animals in a Cloze Pro activity.
AnimalsSuite.zip (18.1 MB) The Animals Game, What I Like About Animals, and the comprehension test in Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays attached. Can be run from PRC devices.
AnimalsDynavox.zip (137 KB) The Animals Game, What I Like About Animals, and the comprehension test overlays saved as Dynavox package files.
AnimalsPowerPoint.zip (2.4 MB) What I Like About Animals book saved as a .ppt file. PowerPoint 2003 or later.
WhatILikeAboutAnimalsSoft.zip (4.1 MB) folders with What I Like About Animals book to import into My Own Bookshelf.
WhatILikeAboutAnimalsTestSoft.zip (2.9 MB) Test on What I Like About Animals story using clip art for answers. Requires Test Me Score Me.
ReferenceImages.zip (571.3 KB) Includes: Flow Chart showing all the animals, questions, and connections. Chart with the 28 animal choices. Chart suggesting alternate animals which could be substituted within the same set of questions.
AnimalsClipCollection.zip (2.2 MB) All the original clip art images from The Animals Game and What I Like About Animals. (Some images come from the Clicker 5 and Classroom Suite libraries, and I can’t distribute them.) Collection includes the computer cartoons. To preview the collection, click here.