Football (soccer) is played all around the world. What if you could add or change a rule to make a new game?
As a class, discuss new rules that you could add to the game of football. It could be silly (every time your foot touches the ball, you have to squawk like a chicken) or serious (if you score a goal, you have to sit out of the game until another goal is scored).
When you have finished planning you will go outside and see what happens when the new rule is applied.
This activity is a combination of classroom and team-based work.
- Brainstorm. The entire class will share ideas on new rules for football while the teacher writes them on the board. (5 minutes)
- Split into groups of 4-5 students. Each group will choose one rule from the board and write down the details for that rule. What can you do to make sure it is fair? Are there parts of the rule might be confusing to the players? (5 minutes)
- Groups will share their rule and all of its details with the class. The class is encouraged to challenge the logic on the rule to make sure it was well thought through. (10 minutes)
- As a class, vote on the top two rules and go outside to test your new game! (10 minutes)
Your team will be able to use the following items to complete this challenge.
- Chalkboard and chalk
- Paper and pencil
- Football (soccer ball)
Here are some questions that you can ask your students after they test their game of football.
- Were there any problems with the new rules you put in place?
- Do you think these rules made the game more fair?
- Do you think these rules made the game more fun?
- Did your favorite ideas come from kids who play football or kids who do not play football?
This exercise touches on these learning concepts:
- Refresh an old idea– Encourage your students to see a common thing in new ways. In life, there are always ways to improve how we do things, even if we have been doing things the same way for many years.
- Writing Down Ideas – This helps students to express ideas and think of the consequences of a decision.
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