With our theme of The Hunger Games this month, I wanted to host some sort of competition for students. With all of the great personalities I have in Book Club, I felt they were the perfect group to give it a try. As the kids entered the media center, I announced our activity with a presentation including dramatic music and an animated fog background. When “Welcome to the 74th Annual Hunger Games” appeared on the screen, students were so excited! I explained we would be playing the WJMS version of the Hunger Games with a prize of – FOOD(of course). I explained they would need to get into three groups to compete against one another in five different events. Each group would be given a score of 1, 2, or 3 with 3 as the highest score. At the end of the competition, the group with the highest score would win a giant Hershey’s candy bar.
For the first event, the group had to create a shelter. Their tools were large marshmallows, straws, and scissors. They had ten minutes to build the largest and most stable structure. After a sticky ten minutes, the kids went to wash up and I judged the best structure. Team Bob was the winner!
For the next event, we tested strength and skill with…a toilet paper challenge. Each group selected one participant for the event. These students had to take one roll of toilet paper in each hand and unroll them as fast as possible. After much untangling, the fastest was Team Peeta.
The third event involved stamina and endurance. Again, each team selected one participant. Students had to sit in a chair in front of a bucket of ice water. Using their bare feet, they had one minute to retrieve as many marbles from the bucket as possible. With 45 marbles, the winning team was Team Bob.
The next event was the food challenge. Teams were to send one participant who did not have any food allergies. A tray was brought in with the covered “food”(crunchy peanut butter with green food coloring and a bit of blackberry jam). On the count of three the participants quickly uncovered the delicacy and began eating. The winning team was determined by finishing the food the fastest – Team Peeta.
At this point in the game, we had a tie between Team Bob and Team Peeta(Team Katniss played a good game though!). To break the tie, students shot mini bows and arrows(popcicle sticks with runner bands were bows and arrows were q-tips). The farthest distance shot would determine the winner. Team Bob came out on top with a distance of 18 feet and were our overall winners for the games!
I had an awesome time with the kids and think they will be talking about our version of The Hunger Games for quite some time. May the odds be ever in your favor! 🙂
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