Living In the US: Games at Recess

Week 2 Classroom Creative Challenge

Recess is a favorite part of the school day for many students in the US. We would like to hear about the games students play and the things they like to do during recess every day to find out if it is the same or  in places across the US.

Grab your mobile device and take some snapshots to show us what type of games you play at recess at your school. Annotate your image with an image on top of an image or search for information and media to tell the story of recess at your school. Focus on writing clear and concise labels to add to tags to explain the image. Be sure to follow your school’s policies for publishing photos and videos.

Steps at a Glance

  1. Start with an image of your playground or recess space.
  2. Add the images to
  3. Annotate the image with images on top of images, video, notes,  audio, or even a Google Docs if you like!
  4. Add a tag to include the following information to identify your school
    1. Classroom Name
    2. School
    3. City -State -Zip
    4. Date
    5. Use the hashtag #LivingInUS
    6. Submit your main image to the Classroom Creative Challenge through the Creative Challenges Tool. 
      Just click on the Share button on your ThingLink and copy the link, then paste it into our creative challenges tool to submit your image.

Project Organization

There are several ways to organize the creative challenge in the classroom. Here are some ideas and tips for a lesson plan depending on if you are working in small groups with several iPads or with individual students.

About the Classroom Creative Challenge

Join us in an exciting ThingLink Classroom Creative Challenge to build interactive books about Living in the US. This is a great end of year project that's loaded with learning and offers a high level of student interest. Help us to put your state and school on the map!

Let's Bring the Textbook to Life as we explore Living in the US!

8 Week Simple Collaborative Project

The purpose of the project is to create interactive books about living in the The United States. For a period of 8 weeks, each Monday we will have a new question for your classroom, such as “What kinds of plants grow on your schoolyard?” or “What do you eat for breakfast?”.

ThingLink’s editorial team will collect each week’s submissions into an interactive book that reflects differences and similarities in the way we live and in different parts of the the US. In the end of the school year, ThingLink’s educational community manager Susan Oxnevad will compile an entire nation-wide Living in the US Interactive Book featuring the content you and your classrooms have created. This resource can be shared with parents and school district administrators as well as used as a wonderfully engaging teaching resource in the classroom in the fall 2015!

Watch our Channel Grow!

After each week, the ThingLink editorial team will collect submissions to an interactive book and share it with the participants! Explore our collection of images submitted to this challenge so far and watch it grow!

All Classroom Creative Challenges

Week 1: Show Us Your School

Week 2: Games at Recess