This site works best if you have updated to the latest version of your browser, and you may need to install the latest Flash player. You may want to have a few computers, laptops or netbooks available if you are using the activity with multiple students, but this is not necessary. When the donut is complete, it would be a good idea to take a screen shot of it (apple/command-shift-4, then click and drag across the picture on a Mac) for later use. It's a little more complicated on PCs, but here are some directions for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
- The interface lends itself to all sorts of language goals. In using it with a social pragmatics group, it functioned as an icebreaker and discussion starter.
- For younger students, it could be used for simple requesting and description activity (colors, etc).
- This could lend itself to a barrier game, with one student sitting with the laptop and the screen functioning as a barrier to the other student, who describes/requests a specific kind of donut.
- With upper elementary or older students, a pre-activity could involve a discussion of donuts and their similarities and differences. This could lead to a kind of "schema" of donuts, creation of a graphic organizer, and a descriptive writing activity (perhaps coupled with a screenshot) about the completed donut. Development of descriptive schema is helpful for all students with verbal organization difficulties.