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Wednesday, November 3 • 11:00am - 11:50am
PLAQUE ATTACK. GERMANJI. SUGURATOR -- 3 New Games that teach Health + Nutrition!

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I teach at a school that heavily emphasizes interdisciplinary teaching approaches and has presented a fun challenge in our PE program -- how can we connect movement with meaning beyond mere muscle and sweat. Could kids actually compound their learning -- engaging in science and physiology WHILE sweating? I took the challenge on and have thus since developed three solid games that teach different aspects of the body processes and systems.

IMMUNE SYSTEM. here is a link that breaks down my very first "interdisciplinary" game that taught about the immune system. https://www.thepecloset.com/blog/pe-subject-integration-game-germanji-teaching-immune-system?fbclid=IwAR2R3Q2IPQbAeRemSpywgKISycvjTRvxO5m1A8BJhcKwcNHWHI2-jL3a7eQ

SUGARATOR is an awesome high-cardio game that teaches about essential nutrition building blocks: vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and illustrates the negative impact of sugar on the body's ability to process food it needs to fuel well. (i have not made a video illustrating this yet)

PLAQUE ATTACK is a teaching game that allows kids to walk through an imaginary circulatory system pretending to be blood cells that are particularly keen on delivering their "truck loads" of oxegyn to the brain before they circulate back to "fill up." As the body chooses food that builds plaque, the highway for the trucks thin and soon classes were able to have a visual representation of potential stroke or heart attack victims -- those that might be at high risk of clotts and oxygen deprivation. (It was particularly satisfying to have one of my 4th grade classes deliver the best response thus far. At the finale where the blood cells are lumping up because of the cholesterol that has clogged up the highway of the artery -- several kids raised their hand suddenly and started exclaiming: WHATEVER SHOULD WE DO TO NOT CLOG OUR ARTERY HIGHWAYS?! - this set a beautiful environment for a section on nutrition and the important of clean eating.

If there was time in the presentation, i have a 4th potential game but would like it to be an interactive section to help show how i approach a brainstorm section and actually have breakout groups build a brand new game on their own. I would provide basic parameters and elements to draw from and then create a QR code for a google form to allow groups to submit any inspired game development.


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Laura Moore

Middle School PE | Specials Lead, Leman Academy of Excellence
My background is in communications and marketing and public speaking with a passion for health and fitness. Teaching middle school level PE has been a sweet convergence of performing to WOO a tough crowd with content I believe to be pertinent. I'm a little obsessed with creating lessons... Read More →

Wednesday November 3, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am MST
The Phoenix Room 166-167

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