Africa. A continent teeming with a kaleidoscopic array of flora and fauna and – thanks to the partnership between BBC Earth and Microsoft – an abundance of opportunities for project based learning schools. We’ve now passed the halfway point in our adventure through the fascinating land that is the Enchanted Kingdom, and as we wave goodbye to the elephants who roam the scorched plains, a new environment will hove into view…
Grab your snorkel and flippers, and get reading to take a dive as we go on a Voyage of the Fantastical Seas in chapter five of the Enchanted Kingdom educational eBook…
Chapter 5: Voyage of the Fantastical Seas
Located between the continents of Africa and Asia, the Red Sea coral reefs cover an area of vast natural beauty, featuring a diverse range of sea creatures. Coral reefs are the richest underwater habitats, in species diversity they are the marine equivalent of rainforests. The Red Sea has 1000 species of fish and 220 of corals. But unlike, the rainforest, all the life is on display and it’s incredibly colourful. So these are the most colourful, crowded, vibrant and hectic environments on Earth. In this project, learners will be creating a virtual underwater safari experience; using Kodu to design a video game encapsulating the awe and wonder beneath the waves.
Learning objectives: To design, write and debug programmes that accomplish specific goals; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
Project aim/question: To research, programme and share a video game, exploring the reefs and seabed of the Red Sea.
Key language: Science/Geography: Tourism,Archaeology, Climate, Diversity ; Computer Science: Algorithm, Debug.
The lesson plans within the Enchanted Kingdom eBook are split into three stages, typically with the first two providing the students with information and the third being the application of this knowledge in a creative activity. In this blog series we’re only reproducing the background information contained within the Enchanted Kingdom educational eBook. Lesson plan suggestions and further resources can be found within the eBook itself, between pages 32-35.
STAGE 1: Getting to know the Red Sea
Coral reefs exist only in shallow tropical seas where the water is clear and sunlight can penetrate. This is because the coral colonies have symbiotic algae within them that provide most of their food, need for warmth and sunlight to photosynthesise and grow.
STAGE 2: Getting started with Kodu?
Coral reefs are the richest underwater habitats, in species diversity the marine equivalent of rainforests.The Red Sea has more than 1000 species of fish and 220 of corals. But unlike, the rainforest, all the life is on display and it’s incredibly colourful. So these are the most colourful, crowded, vibrant and hectic environments on earth.
STAGE 3: Testing and refining
The activities and lesson plans in chapter five are all based around coding, in particular using Kodu to create algorithms and games. The eBook itself contains further explanation of how Kodu can be used, as well as ideas for how to build upon this learning.
Following on from STAGE 3, the eBook also contains links to:
Suggested Curriculum Links
As with every other chapter, you’ll also find a number of links to resources related to the information covered, and also Microsoft technologies that will be useful in completing the lesson plan.
Need further inspiration? Take a look at what the children at Broadclyst Community Primary School did during their lessons focussing on chapter five of the Enchanted Kingdom educational eBook:
See you at the same time next week, when we’ll all need to wrap up warm as we start Traversing the Frozen Spires…