Sunday, December 07, 2008

Free Rice Has Added Additional Subjects

I blogged about Free Rice previously, a website where students (or anyone) can practice building their vocabulary and at the same time donate rice to the United Nations World Food Program. Well, it appears as though they've added some subjects:
ART - Famous Paintings
CHEMISTRY - Chemical Symbols (Basic), Chemical Symbols (Full List)
ENGLISH - English Grammar, English Vocabulary
GEOGRAPHY - Identify Countries on the Map, World Capitals
LANGUAGE LEARNING - French, German, Italian, Spanish
MATH - Basic Math (Pre-Algebra), Multiplication Table
This is not higher order thinking, but as I said before:
I think this is another interesting use of the web, combining educational activities (not just the fairly simple vocab building activity, but educating folks about hunger itself - including links to the sister site with contributing to the greater good. I could see this being a springboard for writing activities, social studies units on developing countries or poverty, and even some math and science activities (calculating how many grains of rice it takes to feed a certain number of people, nutritional value of the rice, caloric intake, etc.)

Lots of possibilities here for creative teachers and students and maybe, just maybe, doing some good in the process. And it's also, you know, kinda fun.
So, point your students (and your friends) to Free Rice and perhaps they can have a little fun, learn a little, and help provide rice to those in need.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you mentioned this. I used this site in my math class today and I was really happy with the result. I had guys intent on earning the most grains of rice while other were interested in discovering how many grains are in a cup, how many cups are in a serving, how many servings we contributed, etc.