Help me give my students supplies for a relay race style lesson on animal adaptations, including aprons, flashlights, books, and craft materials.
My students are leaders in their community.
We are a Leader in Me school, where we all practice the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (really there are 8) every day to set goals, achieve them, and be successful citizens.
We are also a magnet school for visual and performing arts, ensuring that all of our children receive arts-based instruction every day.
Most of our students are labeled as Title I and at-risk with a low socioeconomic status, and are minorities. Basically, they don't get enough of most things that they desperately need. Lots of them have experienced too much failure and people who have let them down. But we don't let excuses get in our way!
The Hunger Games will be played relay race style in teams. At each "event", one team will have an advantage over the other. For instance, in the first game, teams will wear backpacks while trying to run from predators - one team will have weights in their backpacks and the other cotton balls. Another game involves gathering and storing food - one team wears aprons with no pockets and the other with large pockets.
At the end of the game, we will discuss advantages and disadvantages for each task and relate that to adaptations that help animals survive and thrive.
The students will then learn what each game represented and that one team represented advantages or disadvantages of bears, the other bats.
What better way to teach a lesson on adaptations than to have the students step into the lives of the animals? It doesn't hurt that they will be having fun and coming to their own conclusions long before the class discussion.
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