According to recent (2012) research by Cisco Systems, adding visuals to text or auditory instruction results in increased higher level learning which in turn, translates into higher test scores. In some studies, children’s score improved by 32%! Levie and Lentz (1982) previously found that picture-based visuals improved learning and recall.
Combining sensory input (using the five senses) with new learning helps information to be stored in the long term memory. Thus playing a game that uses new learning, links to memories so that remembering the game brings the material learned to mind as well at a later date.
Where can educators find high quality games and resources? Online stores like TeachersPayTeachers offer the convenience of shopping from home with resources developed by teachers. Check out the following games available for less than $3 and the accompanying slide show featuring example images.
- Germ Warfare card game
- Cell bingo
- Digestive Tract card game (includes 2 Power Points)
- Weather and Water Cycle card game
- Plant Bingo
- Cell Organelle and Processes card game