Central idea before being unwrapped...
We are beginning a grade 4 Adventure Challenge unit at NIS today. As part of a pre-assessment task, the students are taking part in a couple of games before we actually unwrap the central idea for the unit. The central idea is ‘Effectively solving problems requires communication, trust, and an open mind.’
Both of the games played today require one partner wearing a blindfold and their partner giving specific directions/instructions helping them to maneuver their way around the gym. Here is a detailed description about the way each game works.
Equipment Needed in Today's Class
2. Blind Wars
This again involves one person being blindfolded and the other partner giving instructions/directions. Dodgeballs are spread out all over the gym. Only the blindfolded partner is allowed to throw in this game. The partner not blind folded, must give clear instructions to their partner to help them find the dodge balls, pick them up and throw them at another team. One point for a direct hit to either person on a team. A team loses a point if either person is hit. After a few minutes, an end to the game is called and the blindfolded partner switches. The game is then played again
Safety a Must!!
Before the game begins, we had an in-depth conversation about the importance of safety and trust. If any unsafe play occurs, the team must immediately sit out. In all the years I have played this game with my students, I have only seen a couple of instances of carelessness or unsafe play, but I observe closely to always be sure.
Role of the Observer
I like to pick a student out to be observer. If somebody volunteers, great. If not, we get on with the game. The role of the observer is an important one as they are responsible for walking around and writing down examples of good things happening. They then report their findings back to the class after the game. They are allowed to use names when reporting back examples of good teamwork. However, if they see a team struggling, they can report seeing what happened, but do not give names in order not to center out students.
Unwrapping the Central Idea
These 2 games are a great way to introduce the central idea and to help stimulate some good discussion regarding the importance of teamwork and communication in Adventure Games. We unwrapped the central idea immediately after playing the 2 games and then finished off with the students doing a pre-assessment reflective task dealing with the 2 games we played and how trust and communication were essential in order to have success. Please see pictures, video, and examples of student assessment below.