I have been using Mr. Nerbovig’s interactive posters in my history classes for the past 5 years. Simply put, my students love them! I have the posters on my classroom walls, and it does not take very long for students to begin reading them and asking if they can play. Once we do play, many students become hooked and ask throughout the year to play again. Their feedback includes enjoyment of the risk taking element in the game, competing against their classmates, and even the information presented. As a teacher, I appreciate the simplicity in teaching the games to the students, and the ability to incorporate historical knowledge, probability, and decision making in one activity. The activities are also flexible enough they can be used individually, in group settings, or as an entire class activity. Teachers can use these as a 15 minute activity, for an entire class period, or even create a class tournament. I guarantee they will be a big hit in your classroom and something your students will always remember about your class.
Written by Mike Thalacker – Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Eau Claire, Wi. June 2013
"World Explorers" provides the opportunity to join some of the world’s greatest explorers as they risk their lives for fame and fortune. Students will similarly be challenged to take calculated risks as they encounter new obstacles. As students contemplate their strategy, they will also be learning about the adventures and challenges faced by these explorers from the past.
This activity provides an enjoyable diversion from regular classroom presentations, and can be used as an entertaining supplement in both math and history. Use the two 8.5" x 11" colored masters to produce enough colored back-to-back copies so that each pair of students has a copy. It is advisable to have the copies laminated for future use.
Allow approximately 20 minutes to complete this activity. An additional 10 minutes should be sufficient to allow the students to complete the activity a second time if desired.
After the posters are handed out (one to each pair of students), read out loud the Background and Procedure listed below.
Background: The bravest of the brave were the courageous individuals who took unprecedented risks in order to go where no one had gone before. Try to match their courage while considering the risks and rewards as you try to become a “World Explorer.”
Procedure: Carefully read the information given for each explorer. Then select one of three available options. For options B and C, randomly select a number from the array of numbers that lie on the perimeter of the poster to determine the outcome of your choice. Then, with a starting point value of 20 points, add or subtract the amount of points awarded for each selected option to determine if you could be considered a “World Explorer.”