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IPG KAMPUS ILMU KHAS

Thinking skills Short Coursework: Word Search Puzzle Software


NAME I/C NUMBER MATRIC NUMBER PROGRAME SUBJECT LECTURER S NAME : NURUL ATIQAH BINTI MOHAMED SAID : 921106-08-6436 : WMA0002/J/062011/BI184 : PRA-PPISMP (TESL) JUN 2011 : THINKING SKILLS : MDM. CHONG YEAT ENG

DATE OF SUBMISSION : 10 August 2011

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgement ............................................................................................................................................................................ 3 Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 4 Word puzzle software..................................................................................................................................................................... 5 Basic information.................................................................................................................................................................... 5 Justification of question....................................................................................................................................................... 6 Answer.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Reflection............................................................................................................................................................................................... 8 Bibliography ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 9

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
First and foremost I would like to express my greatest gratitude to God who made all the things possible and the people who have helped & supported me throughout my project. I am grateful to my lecturer, Mdm. Chong Yeat Eng for her continuous support for the project, from initial advice & contacts in the early stages of conceptual inception & through ongoing advice & encouragement to this day. A special thank of mine goes to my best friend, Atifah Suad bt Anwar because scarifying her weekend to help me develop the Word Puzzle program using visual basic express 2008 software programming and stay up late to teach me how to use it. I wish to thank my parents for their undivided support and interest who inspired me and encouraged me to go my own way, without whom I would be unable to complete my project. At last but not the least I want to thank my friends who helped me in completing the project and exchanged interesting ideas, thoughts & made this project easy and accurate.

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INTRODUCTION
From Oxford Advance Learners Dictionary International Students Edition, word search is a game consisting of letters arranged in a square containing several hidden words that you must find. While puzzle means a game, etc. that you have to think about carefully in order to answer it or do it and something that is difficult to understand or explain (Hornby, 2010). So, in general we can say that word search puzzle is a game that requires the player to find hidden word by answering questions given. For years, games are practice in classroom to attract student attention as it keeps their body and mind together through the learning process. Games can be played in the beginning of the class to stimulate the idea about new topic or at the last after the syllabus all covered to test students understanding. Starting the teaching of a topic creatively with build students interest to the topic as the first impression about something is really important. This enjoyable approach will increase pupil involvement and motivation to learn. Games such as word search puzzle also can be a good knowledge transferring tool as teachers can determine students understanding. In the other hand, it also helps to develop creative thinking, IT skills, language and communication skills.

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WORD PUZZLE SOFTWARE


BASIC INFORMATION The software was developed using Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition. It targeted to upper-primary students specifically standard 5. Subject covered was science mainly focus in unit 9 lesson 1 acid and alkaline. (Azizah, Sopia, Suwaibatu, & Yatim, 2007) The instruction is find all the word hidden in the grid of letters. The words may be hidden in any direction, including diagonally and backward. Once you click on the letter, the box will turn blue. If you want to change the letter, just double click the same letter and the box color will turn white again. Lastly, to check the right answer just clicks the word will appear green. button. The right

Figure 1: Word Puzzle Game Question

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JUSTIFICATION OF QUESTION Games and simulations constitute a highly versatile and flexible medium whereby a wide range of cognitive objectives covering all six levels of Blooms cognitive domain can be achieved (Ellington, Gordon, & Fowlie, 1998) The all 12 questions in this software is basically referring to 5W and 1H method that is basic approach to collecting key information. They are what, why, where, when, who and how. The question asked were basically lower thinking order as the majority of the standard 5 students are newly mastering reading and calculating skills. Therefore, they were tested about knowledge, comprehension and application only. First question, what you use to determine acidic or alkaline? It was a very basic knowledge because throughout the topic, the main thing discussed was the usage of litmus paper to determine the acidic or alkaline properties of substances. Question 3, 4 and 5 were about the student comprehension about the usage of litmus paper. Red litmus paper will turn to blue when tested with alkaline substance but will remain the same if tested with acid substance. Whereas, blue litmus paper will turn to red when tested with acid substance but will remain the same if tested with alkaline substance. In addition, neutral substance will not change both red and blue litmus paper. Then for sixth and seventh questions, they were about who. The student needs to look carefully what substance that the figure in the picture hold and relate their knowledge with their surroundings to answer. Bob would be the answer for the sixth and Chin for the next question. After that again in eighth and ninth questions, they were at knowledge level. How acidic and food tastes? This answer can be found directly in the Science Standard 5 text book at page 94. Acidic food is sour whereas alkaline food is bitter.

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For the next two questions, they were asking where. Here once again the student needs to relate the questions to their surrounding and think a bit further. There were hints given to them to guess the right answer. Bathroom was where they can found alkaline substances such as toothpaste, detergent and soap. The neutral substance can be found at river as the fresh water is neutral. Lastly the question was a little bit higher because after being told that they can tests the properties of substance using litmus paper, they were asked when the litmus paper cannot be used to determine the acidity and alkaline of substance? The answer was dry as only wet litmus paper used during experiment.

ANSWER

Figure 2: Word Puzzle Game Answer

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REFLECTION
This short course really helps me understand the use of 5W 1H method to collect the key of information and presents it in word search puzzle questions form according Bloom taxonomy. From it, I know the suitable questions level for student as in this course I chose standard 5 students. Therefore, the distribution of question would even and not be too hard or easy. Other than that, it also induced my interest producing my own software. I ask my best friend help as we together used to do it during secondary school for Information and Communication Technology subject coursework during SPM. It is not easy as I think because there were many unexpected problems aroused but I still love to do as challenge will made us remember what we were learning. Since we were not fully mastered this software, Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition so, there were unrecovered errors in this Word Puzzle Software. Honestly, I just learned about the right programming code trough online tutorial (Kiong, 2008) thus, practicing trial and error method to build this. I enjoyed doing this coursework because it opened my eyes to how capable I am to work under limited time and resources. I have learned about maximizing the usage of sources around me to complete chores and asked for helped if I really could not do it alone as the proverb says two brains is better than one. I have become more confident and goal-oriented. My organizational skills have improved greatly. I am looking forward to the rest of my college experience, and to the working world beyond.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY
Azizah, Sopia, Suwaibatu, & Yatim. (2007). Science Text Book Year 5. Kuala Lumpur: DBP. Ellington, H., Gordon, M., & Fowlie, J. (1998). Using Games & Simulation in the Classroom. London: British Library. Harry. (2006, Sept 14). Google Groups. Retrieved Aug 8, 2011, from http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.vb.bugs/browse_thread/thread/9f2134112201 3e7a/983913902dee906f Hornby, A. S. (2010). Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press. Kiong, D. V. (2008, Nov 6). VB 2008 tutorial. Retrieved Aug 6, 2011, from VB errors handling: http://www.vbtutor.net/vb2008/vb2008_lesson20.html

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