Lesson Plan 1: Nine Men’s Morris Historical/Cultural Perspective

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Lesson Plan 40: Slahal
Historical/Cultural Perspective: The game is from the Northwest Coast of India.
Objective: TSW learn and play a game from India.
Materials: One Slahal board for each pair of students with 22 sticks sticking out of the top or a long wood board with 22 sticks. 11 sticks red and the other 11 black. Each pair of players need two pieces of antler, wood, or bone. The pieces have four sides, one rounded side, flat side, and two edges. The longer piece is 5.7 cm long by 2.8cm in diameter. The shorter piece is 5.4 cm. A leather thong is tied around the midsection of one piece of antler (wood or bone).
Procedure: Split the students into pairs of two. Explain the directions to the students. Since the edges are not distinct, the players may establish that a toss of two antlers will result in these four combinations:

*both landing on their flat sides

*both landing on their round sides

*one with thong on rounded side, other flat side

*one with thong on flat side, other side rounded

Certain combinations of tosses need to be made before earning sticks from the whale. One player has the black tipped sticks while the other is playing for the red tipped sticks. The player to earn all of his sticks first is the winner.

Assessment: Observation sheet based on level of participation on a 0-2 scale: 0-non-particpation 1-some participation 2- full participation in activity, and an anecdotal record based on behavior during activity.

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