Category Archives: Games

We’re game for anything!

Lately two games have swept the library by storm… and they’re the old fashioned board and card type.

Quarto is a board game we’ve had in the library for a while, but it’s been recently discovered by some Grade 6 students… and they are now totally addicted.

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It’s a simple game to learn and very challenging and exciting to play!

A group of Grade 7 boys started playing Werewolf in the library at lunch time this week.  It got very raucous but everyone had a good time.

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Crack the Case with Lemony Snicket!

Lemony Snicket is a perpetually popular in this library. Once kids get hooked on A Series of Unfortunate Events, they can’t stop reading until they finish all 13 books. Snicket’s new series, All the Wrong Questions, is also making waves. If you’re a Snicket fan, or if you love a good brain teaser, be sure to check out his mini mysteries below! Click on the image to go to the game:

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Ben Drowned Video Game Mystery

Recently, Kenneth in Grade 4 came to see Mr. Weber with an interest in a video game mystery that he’d been reading about online.

The story is about a user, Jadusable, who had a Nintendo 64 console, and bought a game called Majora’s Mask (from the video game series The Legend of Zelda) from an old man at a garage sale.  When the old man sold him the game, he told him that it had originally belonged to a guy named Ben, who didn’t live in the town anymore.  Apparently, Ben was about the same age as the user who bought the game.  He started playing the game and noticed that there was a save file named “Ben”.  He ignored this file, and created a new one called “Link” (the main character of the game).  While playing, he noticed that some of the NPCs (non-player characters) were referring to him as “Ben” instead of “Link”, like they should have been.  So he became really annoyed, and deleted the “Ben” save file.  Then when he was playing the game, he then attempted to perform the “4th day glitch”, a hack that allows players to get an entire extra day to the game, and was ported to the Majora boss battle at the end of the game.  Then Scullboy (a character from the game) appeared in his vision, floating in the air.  He tried shooting Scullboy with some arrows, but nothing happened.  This was the beginning of a whole bunch of things happening that weren’t supposed to happen.  After a while, the game started to lag, and then the player was transported back to the home screen.  The player stopped playing the game, because he was freaked out.  He had recorded himself playing the game, and gave the video file to his friend, telling him not to put it online until a later date: September 15th, 2010, at 11:04 PM.  He claimed that Ben was haunting his computer, had taken over his YouTube account, changed his avatar, and changed his location to “Now I am everywhere”.

This story became a bit of an internet legend.  However, it turns out that the story was completely fake.  The person had hacked the game and edited some of the features to match up with his fake story.  Another YouTube user, HolyHeeroYui, proved that it was fake when they put up a video outlining some of the methods used to create the “Ben Drowned” videos on September 12th, 2010.

Kenneth found this information from a few different websites:

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/majoras-mask-creepypasta-ben-drowned
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvaKRd4UFmc   (Note: there might be some mature language on this video)

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Chess Strategy Maps

Lots of boys are interested in chess and other strategy games (ex. Othello, Quarto, etc.)  Mr. Weber recently came across these cool maps that mark the spaces on the chess board where notable players have moved their pieces most frequently during their careers.

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Click here to read some more information, and to see some more statistics from Seth Kadish, the man who generated these maps.

Or click here to read a Washington Post article discussing the information.

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This Week’s Centre

Ms. Walker had a little too much fun in the toy shop last night… Intending only to buy plastic dinosaurs, she came away with puzzles, LOTS of dinos and other creatures, and Magformers, which are super-fun magnetic building blocks.

image credit: ludoforum.com

image credit: ludoforum.com

You can use them to create all sorts of 3-D shapes, vehicles, towers, balls, and more.

Intrigued? Come to the library this week and try them out!

Andy and Kai made this bridge themselves!

Andy and Kai made this bridge themselves!

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Book Nerds: Unite!

On Wednesday afternoon, a select group of Grade 6 & 7 students traveled to Southridge School, in Surrey, to compete in the British Columbia championships of the Kids Literature Quiz Tournament.  The Kids’ Lit Quiz is annual literature competition for children aged 10 to 13, celebrating keen readers and giving them an opportunity to compete in a team and on the world stage the way that many of their sports oriented friends may experience.  The quiz has heats in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, USA, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, winning teams qualify for national and world finals.

St. George’s Junior School entered two teams in the competition.  After six rounds, competing amongst ten teams, our boys finished in second and third place.  Pretty amazing, considering we didn’t really even know what to expect prior to going!

Check out some pictures of the event below:

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Also if you’re keen to try this out yourself, click on this link to head the KLQ page of practice questions, including questions asked at previous World Finals.  Mr. Weber also up some questions based on some of the popular books in our library at Saints.  How many of the answers do you know?

1.In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which number is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
2. In Amulet Book #1: The Stonekeeper, Emily & Navin enlist the help of a small, mechanical animal named Miskit.  What kind of animal was Miskit?
3. In the His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman, what are the three apparati which are also the names of the three books?
4. C.H.E.R.U.B. is an undercover operation of children and teenaged spies.  What does this acronym stand for?
5. Which Tintin book has come under criticism for having a racist tone?
6. In Erin Hunter’s series “Warriors”, the stories revolve around tribes of cats.  In her series “Seekers”, the characters are bears.  What animals are central to her “Survivors” series?
7. Geronimo Stilton is a talking mouse journalist.  In which language were the Geronimo Stilton books originally published?
8. In Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel Smile, what major natural disaster strikes during the book?
9. What are the Hardy Boys’ first names?
10. Who is the Lord of the Mountains of Rain & Night, who is gathering his forces for an attack on the Kingdom in the first Ranger’s Apprentice novel, The Ruins of Gorlan?

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Students & Teachers: Give Computer Science a Try!

December 9-15 is Computer Science Education Week, which is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.  The people behind Code.org are seeking to elevate the profile of computer science education in all students from Kindergarten through Grade 12.  One of the ways that they think this could happen is for all teachers, no matter what subject they instruct, to participate in the Hour of Code – allowing their students to try out coding for at least one hour this week.  Check out their encouraging video below . . .

So what can you do in that one hour, you ask?  Well there are a bunch of great places on the internet that can help guide you through an introduction to computer programming.  A great place to begin would be to visit here –

http://csedweek.org/learn

At this page, you’ll find a bunch of options that include tutorials, games, and other learning options.  One of the programs they suggest is one that Mr. Weber uses all the time with students at St. George’s: LightBot.  In this game, your job as programmer is to preset a path for the ‘bot’ to run along, and to lead it to light up all the blue tiles in the factory.

If you’re ready to move on to some more serious coding, some other excellent places to visit are: Code Monster from Crunchzilla, the online book called Snake Wrangling for Kids, and the sites called CodeAcademy.com and khanacademy.org

Code Monster contains 58 short lessons, taking students from basic actions like resizing objects to complex animation.  The code that kids write is displayed next to the outcome of that code, so users get instant feedback on their work.

Snake Wrangling for Kids will take you on a really user-friendly journey to learn the computer programming language called Python, right from the very first step.  The more time you put in, the more sophisticated your programming skills will become, and the cooler the things you’ll be able to accomplish.

Code Academy offers guides for a bunch of different coding languages, including JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, jQuery, and Python.  Each coding language is best for slightly different goals.

At Khan Academy, you can use their programming environment to build graphics, animations, and interactive visualizations. If you’ve never programmed before, follow these tutorials to learn how!

So go ahead and try computer science out!  It’s fun, useful, and could lead you towards getting a really great job one day!

If any teachers happen to be reading this post, have a look at this teacher tutorial about how to teach Hour of Code in your classroom:

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