My students had a lot of fun participating in a mock reaping for each district in class based on the popular novel by Suzanne Collins. (See the latest images in volume 2 HERE and additional visual aides of materials and the training sessions on my school web page here.)
|The reaping slips.|
One of my favorite things about the lesson was watching the groups get together to decide a "persona" for their tribute, then executing the right slogan, marketing materials, wardrobe, token, and practice sessions. The Gamemakers also came up with creative stations, such as the Cornucopia sprint where tributes had to hurdle buckets, hop through hoops, then gather essential supplies in a backpack as quickly as they can and race through the obstacles to the finish. The back-and-forth debate between students about what they should or shouldn't do and why was critical thinking at its best.
The students designed everything themselves, including the cash they used to sponsor tributes. The Mentors were then able to purchase "gifts" to be delivered to the tributes during their mock training sessions. (Though this could be done during a mock Games.)
|Handouts customized for each position.|
This is a great time-saver for those who would love to have students participate, but don't want to spend hours preparing. It's also an excellent student-centered, student-led, collaborative activity.
Additional materials used (to see more, click here):
Students posted marketing materials for their tributes on the board (and all over the classroom & school) to gain sponsors.
Students then decided who to give their avox-created Panem cash to (in the appropriate tribute envelope):
Stylists made tribute tokens using their own materials or optional beading supplies I provided:
Hint: The equal sign can pose as an 11 if you run low on ones!
Mentors used the cash received from sponsors to purchase gifts for the tributes
(though some mentors may have held on to some of the gifts themselves...)
Fireballs (used to "burn" your opponents) were made with Tootsie-Pops and colored paper: