This is a mathematical storyline, in which the children find themselves on an island, which they need to explore. The material consists of 5 themes, about 15 lessons. I use it as a supplement to my other teachings in math. So once a week, we “play” the Island. After completing the 5 themes, you’ll have established the basics for ”the game” to continue. The children will be able to do exercises, grow goods and trade as long as you want.
You can also choose to buy extra themes for the storyline. These themes aren’t dependent upon each other, which makes them very flexible. You can choose to do an additional theme on money or time on the island, as an introduction to working with money or the clock in math. It’s my intention to keep creating additional themes as I work with the storyline in my own class.
Though I’ve only focused on the math, the material can easily be made multi-disciplinary. The core of the material is math, but teachers in other subjects can contribute to your story, wherever they find it useful without having to use all their time. You can also integrate social activities and classroom rules. Sometimes it’s easier solving a conflict in an imaginary world, than solving it in the real world.