Now that TCAP is over, I am running the Game of Life in my English Classes. The game is similar to the board game called Life. Students pick cards that give them a career, salary, family, cars and apartment requirements. They then learn to read car ads, figure out car loan information, create a monthly budget, write checks, keep a check register, look at apartment ads....basically becoming familiar with life. They also get to draw one or two LIFE cards each day that give them those unexpected events! Some of the events are good (receiving money), some are not so good (paying money). Many of the life events are funny.
The students always have fun with this, even though they are working and learning!
Yesterday's homework was to write a letter to a friend describing their 'new' life. Here are some excepts from the letters: (no corrections made)
" We have two kids, C is 11 months and B is 1 year"
"By the way, I broke up with A, we had a fight over tomatoes."
"I am married to Justin Bieber. He is a singer, of course, and he makes $42,000 a year"
"My wife is a dedicated profesional office worker who travels a lot."
"We don't won't any kids because they cost money."
"My husband is a farming"
"I own one child named Cody"
"My husband makes $32,000 at his job as a perfesonal soccor player."