A beautiful new island has been discovered in the Caribbean and your team has been selected to lead the government. Your first job is to write some laws that will ensure that this is a great place for your family and friends to live.
In this activity, your team will write 10 laws to govern the island.
- Five of those laws will be serious for good citizenship. Think of things like health and safety.
- Five of those laws will be ridiculous to get citizens have fun together. Examples:
- Teachers must give candy in class every day
- All dogs must be painted purple
As a team of 3-4 students, you will:
- Brainstorm a list of “serious” laws. Choose your top five and write them down. (5 minutes)
- Brainstorm a list of “ridiculous” laws. Choose your top five and write them down. (5 minutes)
- Present your laws to the class. (2 minutes)
After the presentations, have the class vote on their favorite serious law and their favorite ridiculous law.
Your team will be able to use the following items to complete this challenge.
- Paper and pencil
Here are some questions that you can ask your students after the exercise.
- Was it harder to think of serious laws or ridiculous laws?
- Which ridiculous law do you really, really, really wish was true?!
- Did you hear any laws that you think might have a bad outcome? What unexpected effects would it have?
- Which of the laws do you think are the most important for a healthy community?
This exercise touches on these learning concepts:
- Brainstorming – Encourage a lot of ideas. The quality of the ideas is not important, brainstorming is working well when students are not afraid to share all of the ideas that come to their mind.
- Awareness – Students are thinking about their community and environment, specifically the things that they might have the opportunity to impact as adults.
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