Post Courtesy of Lauren Vallis
Through A Different Lens is a teacher led project sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation. This project involves teachers from K-12 who are focusing on alternative methods of instruction and assessment to help all students succeed.
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Play-Doh Sim City
As an introduction to the Geography of Ancient Rome, we first discussed the game Sim City. I asked students what they needed to put in their cities to make them flourish. Then, in groups, I had them brainstorm the most important features that they would need to include if they were going to build a city from scratch. Their goal was to narrow it down to five of the most vital components. They then had to build their cities out of Play-Doh and together, they had to write a paragraph that explained why they chose each of those five things and why they were important. Their paragraphs were excellent!
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What an excellent way to bring relevance to curriculum. I can still remember studying ancient Rome from a textbook that was 20 years old when I was reading it. I am sure your students enjoyed the experience and I appreciate the effort you put into making it more engaging for them.ReplyDelete