A simulation activity that allows students to see and realize the consequences of not trying to become better at reading and writing. Each student is placed into one of four random jobs with a salary. Students then spend their "salary" on six different categories, and share their "life". By establishing an authentic simulation, students open their eyes to new possibilities.
The goal of the simulation is to allow students to understand the importance of becoming a better reader and writer.
16 PowerPoint Slides with Interactive Spinner
4 PDF Pages (Student Expense Sheet, Goal Setting, Reflection, Statistics)
*This activity begins by looking at kid-friendly statistics, picking five statistics that stood out the most.
*Students spin a PowerPoint spinner that lands on a number and determines their job. The idea of the jobs is that the stronger reader you are, the most likely you are to go further in school.
*Students watch the teacher scroll through the PowerPoint slides and view the possible purchases with their salary. They select a purchase and mark it on their "Purchase Sheet".
*Once students have spent all their money, they write about their "Life" pretending they are going to a class reunion.
*Students then get an opportunity to switch positions with another profession to find out what life is like "on the other side".
We created this simulation because our students had a difficult time understanding the value of reading and how their choices now may cause challenges for their life later. Through this game, our students created reading and writing goals. These goals were looked over throughout their year, with their "story" next to them. This game motivated students to engage into reading like never before!
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