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157: Play our learning game “Sustainability”

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Play our educational family or classroom game “Sustainability

Given all the articles in the RWS library, we’d like to introduce a new learning game … we call it “Sustainability“.

You can play Sustainability in your family – it’s a great way of educating children about the issues we are facing – or you can play Sustainability in a classroom.

The game is partly luck, partly skill, partly knowledge, and partly quick thinking!

What do you need?

What to do

  1. Open our library of environmental actions
  2. Set the random number generator to choose a number between 1 and 300
  3. Give each player a set of five playing cards, ace (one), two, three, four and five
  4. Decide who is to go first and how many rounds to play
  5. The first player rolls the random number generator
  6. From our list, read out the title of the action that tallies with the number generated. Don’t click through to it yet.
  7. Start the timer for one minute!
  8. The player has to talk now for a minute about the action, just by thinking about the post title

Some titles are very obvious, other might need a bit more creative thinking to work out what they are about. The risk of getting a harder or more obscure topic is all part of the game!

9. Once the minute is up, the player stops talking!
10. Now you can click through and open the page that describes the action
11. Reset the timer, everyone gets a minute to read the page
12. When the second minute is up, every other player holds up a playing card to score the first player on how well they covered the topic. Ace (one) is low, and five is high:

  • One (ace) means they didn’t understand or explain it well
  • Two means Meh .. it was OK, we got the gist of it!
  • Three means good, he or she obviously understands it and got the main message across
  • Four means great, they explained things quite well and made several good points
  • Five means fantastic, covered everything and really explained it well

Things to think about include: Did they understand what the action meant? Did they know why it was important? Did they know what damage it would prevent or what good it would do?

13. Total the cards up to give a score for that player
14. Go round the table and let everyone have a turn
15. Repeat as many times as you all agree is appropriate
16. The player with the highest score is the winner, Yay!

So there you go, it’s an easy game to play really!

Why do this?

Playing a game like this encourages everyone involved to think about a diverse range of environmental problems, and a diverse range of ideas for countering them. It’s only meant as a bit of family or classroom fun, but underlying it is the importance of education; we cannot expect things to change for the better if there isn’t more understanding of why we need to alter our behaviours.

Thank you for playing!

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