Friday, November 21, 2008

Feed Hungry People and Get Smarter At The Same Time!

I'm kind of goofing off today, but I don't like to neglect my bloggity blog blog. :D (told you I was goofy) So let me share this incredibly cool website with you:

The name of the site is Free Rice. You simply answer questions and for each answer you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. I think this site used to just be vocabulary, at least I don't remember the other subjects, but now you can also study art, chemistry, English, geography, foreign languages and math.

Just yesterday 179,108,200 grains of rice were donated. That's a lot of hungry people being fed and a lot of people getting smarter and feeling good about themselves. I learned about this website last year when my fifth grader came home from school and started playing it for fun. He began setting goals for himself about how much rice he wanted to earn a day. The questions are designed for everyone. It asks a few starter questions to assess the appropriate level. As you play, they become more challenging.

If you have a Blackberry or an iPhone, you can have fun with this anywhere. I play it waiting in line at the post office or the grocery store. If we are waiting for a table at a restaurant, we can play Free Rice and feed someone else while we wait to eat. To date, over 51 billion grains of rice have been donated. Amazing! So use your mind for good and answer a few questions at Free Rice. It's a wonderful educational tool for school age kids, but it's challenging enough to keep us grown-ups thinking. Feed the world!


Anonymous said...

I love that site but I keep forgetting about it. I should make it and the Hunger Site part of my homepage.

You've been a good influence by the way - I dusted off my wheel last night and took it for a spin. :)

Jenn said...

Cool, What kind of wheel do you have? Mine is a Louet S10 DT. I'm also a big fan of the Turkish Drop Spindle when I'm on the road.