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


Resource(s): Hopscotch- Games Around The World by Elizabeth Dana Jaffe, Sherry Field, and Linda D. Labbo (ISBN 0756501334) Materials



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Resource(s): Hopscotch- Games Around The World by Elizabeth Dana Jaffe, Sherry Field, and Linda D. Labbo (ISBN 0756501334)
Materials: dice or cards, chalk, rulers, pencils and drawing paper, a variety of natural materials which the children gather themselves such as leaves, sticks, stones, etc., resource materials about different eco-systems and geography and a variety of art supplies such as scissors, glue, construction paper, paper mache, etc.
Procedures:

  1. Students will read the book Hopscotch- Games Around The World to study the variety of forms of this game in various cultures.

  2. Students will discuss the adaptations of this game and speculate on the role geography has played on its evolution.

  3. Students will research via the Internet, the Children’s Folk Games Project of the I*EARN Network to study the photographs and student research in Romanian, English, Spanish, French, German and Catalan.

  4. Working in pairs, students will throw dice or pick playing cards (any system to assign numbers). The number the team selects corresponds to a specific geographic region on the Earth. Students need to make a list of the natural resources of their region.

  5. Using materials from their list, teams are to design on paper a variation of the game of Hopscotch for an unknown culture in their geographic region. The date is 1500 A.D. This variation must retain the characteristics of all forms of Hopscotch, but be unique in appearance, method of play and use of materials.

  6. Using a variety of art and natural materials, students are to simulate indigenous materials in the creation of game pieces.

  7. Students are to write a description of their game including method of play, rules of play, and scoring system. Description must include a brief explanation of the similarities and differences of their variation from others.

  8. Students are to share their creations with other students around the world by listing them on the Folk Games pages of the I*EARN Network.




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