|Author: Nina Smith
Germantown Academy Physical Education Department
| Duration: Three Weeks
Each student will be required to work within an assigned group to research a multicultural game. Each group will have two opportunities during class time to visit the library. Every student will write an independent paper, and the group will present their game to the class.
The group will provide the necessary background, rules, and equipment so that the class may participate in the game. Students will have one-half of a class period to give an oral group presentation and play the game.
Students will give brief answers to the following questions. This is not a research paper: students are asked to supply the information on a two page sheet.
Factors to consider:
Safety for all players. If the game involves contact and expensive safety equipment, then it is important to adopt and explain a variation. For example: football becomes touch football. Involve as many players as possible. Set up your equipment ahead of time. Arrange to borrow equipment from the physical education department. Or modify your own. For example: mancala boards can be quite elaborate and expensive: you can make your own with an egg carton. Have fun!
Each group will have two opportunities during class time to collect reference materials, use electronic resources, and locate materials from the Internet. Contact the librarians several months in advance so that materials can be ordered to support the unit. Make sure to reserve time in the library several weeks in advance and request a research guide. Let students know the written report due date and make up a schedule for group presentations and post it. One game presentation per class period may be better than attempting to do two if you have the time and the space. The students enjoy learning from their peers and really engage in the process when given the time. Students may borrow or make their own equipment. Stress that there is no need to purchase expensive materials to complete this assignment. Creativity is valued over authenticity. It is probably advisable to assign games to specific groups or present a pre-selected choice of games. Sixth graders an spend an entire class period selecting their games.
Multicultural Games| 6th Grade | GAnet
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