Cycle Charades

Charades is a game where an actor or group of actors act out a word or phrase without speaking, while the audience guesses what the actor or actors are portraying.

Rationale: Research demonstrates that synthesizing information, or taking information and creating new and independent work, increases understanding and retention.

Instructions: After a brief and clear review of the cycles but the instructor, students will form into groups (size left to instructor. Each group will be responsible for synthesizing the information from the cycle into a series of charades and will have to present the charade that they have come up with. At the end of each group’s presentation the other groups will write down what they believe the presenting group was trying to demonstrate. Teams will be awarded points for having the correct answer and, when presenting, points for the number of groups who answer correctly. After points have been awarded, the presenting group will once again perform their charade, only this time with an explanation of what they were trying to present.

General Guidelines:
· Be creative and accurate
· Apply learned knowledge
· Break down cycle into steps, do not break down the words that make up the cycle
o Correct: Photosynthesis- Light->Light Cycles->Calvin Cycle
o Incorrect: Photosynthesis- Photo->sin->thesis
· Finish presentation of charades within designated amount of time
· Do not shout out answers or share with other groups, those who do will be penalized

Cycle Charades Rubric:


Cycle Charades Example:
Water Cycle: evaporation-condensation-precipitation-collection

1) Evaporation: Three group members squat together arms linked and bodies waving back and forth like an ocean. The third group member, standing, sticks out arms in a sideways-v shape to signify a sun and its rays. Slowly the three group members, who are representing an ocean, slowly rise.
2) Condensation: The three group members continue to rise, as the sun slowly goes down to a squat. The three members link arms once again, while standing, but this time does not move around.
3) Precipitation: Fourth group member joins the three-person “cloud.” The group begins to sag and slowly the arms unlink and the group begins to slowly wiggle and enter a squatting position.
4) Collection: Group members end up in different positions. Two group members form a small “body of water” by copying the previous formation, where they link arms and wave back and forth. Other two group members form different bodies of water, one laying flat on the ground (river) and the other curling into a ball (lake).

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