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Elementary school algebra lesson plan – May’s Quest of the Month

Adrien DussaultJune 15, 2018

2018 May QotM Amanda Moore

Introducing Classcraft’s second Quest of the Month! Each month at Classcraft, we’ll be choosing one awesome quest to promote. Our pick for the month of May is Amanda Moore (@teachforthewin), the creator of the quest “Algebra: A Terrible Winter,” a lesson plan for her fourth grade Mathematics class. You can import her quest here.  

If you use Classcraft, you can submit quests you’ve created to be the next Quest of the Month on our submission page. Quests are personalized, self-paced, choose-your-own-adventure lessons for students. Our goal is to spotlight the amazing educators who inspire us and share creative, teacher-made content with our global community of forward-thinking educators.

Take it away, Amanda!

2018 May QotM Amanda MooreClasscraft Gamemaster Amanda Moore
Classcraft Gamemaster Amanda Moore

What grades and subjects do you teach?

Amanda Moore: 4th grade, all subjects

How long have you been teaching?

Moore: 10 years

Where do you teach?

Moore: Chapelwood Elementary School, Indianapolis, Indiana.

What made you decide to use Classcraft?

Moore: I learned about gamification and all its benefits during my graduate course work. I found Classcraft, and I loved the features. It is the perfect platform to deliver online learning content for blended learning with my fourth graders.

What kinds of things are you passionate about?

Moore: I’m passionate about using technology in my classroom to redefine what learning looks like. When used to its fullest, integrating technology can allow us to learn in ways that were previously impossible. I want my students to take an active role in their learning path and experience learning in a way that excites them.

2018 May QotM Algebra: A Terrible Winter
Algebra: A Terrible Winter’

Why do you love the quest you created? What makes it special?

Moore: I like this quest because students are able to choose their own learning path. This quest was designed to review skills, so students had access to all of the tasks except one “secret” level. My students really liked that they could direct their own learning based on their own self-assessment. They also self-assessed their learning to know when they were ready to finish a task, and when they needed additional support from me.

What did your students think of your quest? How did they react?

Moore: My students were really excited about the video trailer that went with the quest. They loved being able to preview the map, and my struggling readers were fully engaged in the narrative of the quest. All students were engaged and motivated to “break the curse” of the terrible winter.  

What’s one of your favorite things about Classcraft?

Moore: I love the way that Classcraft has impacted our classroom. Friendly competition is great, but what’s even better is a collective community that is genuinely interested in the learning of everyone involved. When the class is counting on every student to work hard and be prepared, students are motivated to invest in their peers. Playing together is a great way to learn together!

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