Methods and Strategies: Role-Play in the Science Classroomby: Eric A. Worch, Amy M. Scheuermann, and Jodi J. Haney

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The activity shared here is an animal role-playing lesson developed, field-tested, and refined for Nature’s Neighborhood, a newly designed children’s education facility at the Toledo Zoo. The activity is targeted at students in kindergarten through second grade, but it can be adapted for use in grades three and four as well. Through students’ interactions with others during the role-play and discussions afterward, the understanding that animals need, among other things, food, water, and shelter to survive is reinforced.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
9/1/2009

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Reviews (5)
  • on Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:02 PM

The game described in this article sounds like a great learning tool for younger students. It could be used formally as a science center or informally with scouts or an after school science club. It requires some set-up. However, once the game is made, it can be stored and used from year to year.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:54 AM

Everyone loves to play games. This article describes a role playing game for K-2 grade students called “Catch Me If You Can.” The purpose of this game is to identify animal’s basic needs. The whole game is described in this article and seems as if it would be very easy to reproduce. The author also discusses how this game can be used as an assessment of student learning.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 9:22 AM

This article presents an engaging, and fun way, to introduce young learners to the basic needs of animals. Utilizing a game, students learn about food, predation, water, and shelter while they role play as squirrels, rabbits, and foxes. This is a great activity to engage young students in learning about animals. This activity would also work well for informal education settings.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:42 PM

This article makes an interesting point…role-playing has educational benefits when used in the classroom. The article describes in detail a role-playing game developed by the Toledo Zoo. It has many aspects and helps students learn about specific animals and how they live. The one drawback that the reviewer sees is that the game is materials intensive!!!

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:39 PM

This article makes an interesting point…role-playing has educational benefits when used in the classroom. The article describes in detail a role-playing game developed by the Toledo Zoo. It has many aspects and helps students learn about specific animals and how they live. The one drawback that the reviewer sees is that the game is materials intensive!!!

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)


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