I never know what to expect over school vacations. Will we get to relax and enjoy being together? Or will the kids and I get stir crazy and be at each other’s throats? This year, since we just moved, it was wonderful to stay home and start to feel settled. We played a few games, which ended up being a wonderful way to reconnect and have a few laughs. Being playful must have triggered something in my brain, because I felt inspired to develop a game that teachers or homeschoolers could use as a conversation starter, writing prompt, or to pre-assess knowledge about a variety of food content. I have always loved Would You Rather games, especially because they require critical thinking skills and the use of language to explain why a person prefers one choice over another.
My brainstorm for Would You Rather questions began rather slowly and then all of a sudden, it developed into a flood. I quickly realized that I would need to divide my questions into several categories in order to integrate all of the complexities about food, how it is grown, how it affects our bodies and even the planet. And after getting really enthusiastic about food-related careers and farming issues, it became clear that there will certainly be a sequel to this game!
Suggestions for how to use Would You Rather with kids:
- You can cut apart the cards and keep them in a deck somewhere handy. Shuffle the deck and use them any time kids are between activities and need a change of pace.
- Or, place small stacks of cards at stations around the classroom (or your learning environment), with kids using them in pairs or small groups to inspire thoughtful discussion.
- You can also use them as writing prompts or conversation starters.
- As an extension activity, you can ask the questions orally, record and then graph student responses.
- Alternatively, you can use these questions outside of an educational environment – for entertainment on long car rides or on field trips.
- If you teach about food, agriculture or sustainability, these cards would be an excellent tool to evaluate student understanding of these topics before and after the unit.
Intrigued? Try my Would You Rather Free Sample. If you would like to purchase the full version of my Would You Rather, Food Edition (#1) activity, please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. If you enjoy it, I would be very grateful if you would leave some product feedback for others to see.
Happy New Year!
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