CBeebies- Germ Counting
Charlie and Lola is a very well know cartoon and story to most children. Children are now able to be exposed to more matching and counting games while being able to enjoy a charming little story of Charlie and Lola on the side.
Matching and counting are needed to play this game. This game has beautiful language integrated into the story. Lola is sick and Charlie, her elder brother comforts her by distracting her about the germs in her mouth. Lola is then given the task of identifying the various germs by the descriptions given by her brother and count how many of them are in her mouth. The catch is that there is a time limit to it but has a reward at the end. This game consists of 5 levels with more germs of different appearances making their debut in Lola’s mouth in each level.
Charlie is the narrator of this game/story. As the game is immersed with rich language, Language arts can be part of the math lesson as well. Instructions are clearly given to the children before and during the game.
The Germs are moving and jumping about inside Lola’s mouth and the child is to “catch” the germs by trying to click on it. They have to catch the germs within the a certain time frame; before the thermometer showing the rising temperature gets too high.
Charlie, the narrator will ask the children how many of the same type of germs can be found in Lola’s mouth. The child has to use matching skills to match the same germs to the one she/he caught and count how many there are.
After the children complete all 5 levels, charlie then attempts to sing a song for Lola to cheer her up. In order for the child to see this video of charlie singing, they have to pass all 5 levels. This tactic encourages the children to try their best as a challenge, as well as reward is presented to them.
Design and layout= 5 Points
There are multiple graphic elements and variation in layout. Design elements assist students in understanding concepts and ideas.
Navigation= 5 Points
The game is well organized and easy to navigate. Students can clearly understand where they are and where to go to next.
Objectives= 3 Points
Some learning objectives are identified.
Different Learning Styles= 3 Points
The game provides some auditory, kinesthetic, textual and/or visual activities to enhance student learning.
Higher Level Learning Skills= 3 Points
The game provides some activities to help students increase their cognitive skills, such as analysis, synthesis and evalution.
Rule= 5 Points
Every rule is clearly stated.
Goals= 5 Points
Goals are clearly stated and measure what students must know and be able to do to accomplish the game.
Feedback= 5 Points
There are frequent opportunities for students to receive timely feedback on their performance.
Interaction= 5 Points
Interactions are clearly identified. There is a definitive increase in social interaction.
Subject= 5 Points
The subject or topic of the game is clearly stated.
RATING: 4.4 (Excellent)
This game can be made use of when teaching counting and introducing language at the same time, it has a unique theme for children to count and it makes use of a story with good vocabulary to start and end the game. The 5 levels of fun and challenge will give the children opportunities to excel in counting and learning about describing attributes that are present throughout the game. E.g. Shapes and Colors. Learning does not only take place in schools but everywhere. Parents can take the time to have one to one teaching and sharing moment with their child during the game. Parents can point out things that the child could have overlooked in the game or in ignorance had not realized its importance. it would be a relaxed and fun activity to bond with the child.