After a big build up yesterday, today was the launch of our new adventure into the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania via the Wii game Wild Earth African Safari. The children had viewed some YouTube videos yesterday to which they wrote an accompanying persuasive blurb. It was somewhat ironic that as we ventured into the African landscape, it began sleeting outside!! We talked about the landscape and animals that would live there and why which built up nicely to today’s exciting safari. All was going really well but unfortunately one of the children felt sick (and then was promptly sick – not sure if it was the motion sickness from the game or a bug??) Once that was sorted, onwards we went, exploring the landscape and taking notes from the information given on the screen. The children did a valiant job of taking the required photographs in their role of photojournalist/jeep driver. Much excitement was had by way of children calling out instructions, directions and whilst taking notes about the elephants together with operating the controller and num chuck! They have learnt several things from today, to use more subtle movements regarding the controller, teamwork and co-operation and how to jump a mile when faced with a lion!!!!! (It was almost like watching a 3D film as they all jumped backwards….) Assignment 2 awaits us tomorrow where the focussed animals are giraffes. Fingers crossed that there are no more dashes to the sink!!!!
November 30, 2010