Students really enjoy this activity because it’s something they can visualize themselves doing in a park. It is a good activity to do with a lot of short facts or concepts. It can be a nice review activity and easily differentiated.
Students will take the facts or concepts they are deemed to work with and create a drawing for obstacles a person could overcome. Beneath it they would describe the relationship between the obstacle they created and the concept or fact.
For example, if one was learning about exploration, the first obstacle might be as simple as jumping over a large puddle of water to symbolize crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Each explorer would then have their own obstacle named after them representing either where they explored or their accomplishments.
An obstacle course designer activity uses multiple intelligence learning styles. Multiple intelligence learning styles can help peak the interest of students. The following are used:
- Spatial Multiple Intelligence Learning Style (drafting the obstacles)
- Linguistic Multiple Intelligence Learning Style (writing the obstacle name as well as a description as to how it relates to the content)
- Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Multiple Intelligence Learning Styles (students can do this activity with a partner, a small group or individually depending on their preference)
Differentiating Instruction for an obstacle course activity can be done by offering alternative choices to the students. The other options should use different multiple intelligence learning styles and the same content.
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