Familiarize yourself with the states in our country by checking out talented artist Craighton Berman's incredible drawing of the United States and the different plants, animals, landmarks, etc. that each state has to offer. Next, see how and why the states are split up into five different regions. Just click on the following link and fill your brain with this valuable information: Flocabulary - Regions of the U.S. Video
On Friday, we walked to White Oak Savanna to plant native sword ferns in the riparian area of the park. This act of community service will help restore the savanna to its natural state and encourage native plants and animals to return to the site. Check out the video of our experience.
Students officially began game day 1 of the World Peace Game. Following a negotiations period, each country had a chance to make their declarations. Many maneuvers were made today as students did their best to solve problems and avoid other problems from occurring. The first negotiation period was very quiet and slow as students looked around the room, overwhelmed and unsure of how to go about their business. By the last negotiation period, there was a flurry of activity as many students began to get into the flow of the game. By the end of the day, two crises had been solved (only 21 to go!) and the confidence level of the group had begun to raise. We will play again next Tuesday and do what we can to save the world.
Today students learned about the contents of their top secret dossiers. They also took an inventory of their assets to determine daily expenses and income. Finally, they went through the entire crisis document, learning of all the conflicts that are in front of them. Will they be able to save the world? Game play begins on Thursday. How will they respond to the overwhelming amount of problems they are facing?
Students walked into the classroom today to find things looking a little different than usual. That's because today was the first day of the World Peace Game. Students were intrigued by the four-tiered game board and the many pieces involved so we quickly got to work discussing the various game pieces, situations, and rules. By the end of the day, every student had established their role in the game and countries had been named. Tomorrow we will focus on going through our top secret dossiers that contain critical information and paperwork for the game (items such as situation reports, peace treaties, and asset inventories) as well as the fourteen page crisis document that details all of the problems that students will be solving. Did I mention we had a ton of FUN today?