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Introducing Villainy, Inc. to Your Students
Help students enter the world of Dr. Wick.
Help your students enter the mathematics of Villainy, Inc.
- Introduce the plot, characters, and setting ahead of time. All the details you need can be found in the About the Story section. Perhaps you can do this with the help of a language arts colleague. You could summarize the major points for your students or distribute paper copies of this section for students to read as a beginning classroom activity or as homework. Hard copies of this page can be printed by using your browser's "Print" function or by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. In Internet Explorer, this function is listed on the pull-down menu under "File."
- Assign teams of students to explore either at home or in class individuals in the AVU field agents or Villainy, Inc. They can report the information they find to the whole class.
- Consider using the Mission script to explore the situation that drives each Mission. They are included in the Mission Teacher's Editions.
- Consider printing images from the site and using them to create a classroom display. You can do this in Windows by right clicking on an image and saving it on your hard drive.
- Do not be surprised if students just want to skip the introduction and start on a Mission. Many are familiar with this kind of gaming format and will learn what they need to know as they go along.
- Each of the activities in a Mission has a Training Mission Worksheet you can use to introduce or review the mathematical concepts involved in the activity. You can find them in the printable supplemental worksheets section or through the navigation bar on the left.
- Remind users that they can get help solving the mathematical challenges from two different sources: the field agents of the Anti-Villainy Unit or the AVU's secretive Deep Thought.
- Consider using the Mission vocabulary list to introduce specific mathematical concepts associated with each Mission. They are included in the Teacher's Editions for each Mission.
- Even if you have enough computers available for all your students to use one individually, students sometimes enjoy working on the Missions in pairs or trios.
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