Monopoly Night 2010

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Once you have finished your work at school, you can often go and play with something in the room.

But let’s also think about people with unusual jobs – what did they do for play or relaxation?

I think about my great great grandfather who was a whaling captain in the 1870’s. He was stuck on a boat with thirty other men, maybe his wife and a child was also on board. What sort of things did the sailors do for relaxation out in the middle of the ocean?

Here in Australia and New Zealand we have just celebrated ANZAC Day and we are thinking about the soldiers of the Great War – World War 1. If they weren’t fighting in the trenches or charging across the open ground, what could they do for relaxation? If they had been injured and were recuperating in a hospital tent, what could they be doing?

Activities to choose from:

1. Research board games – when, where and why were they invented?

2. Create a new game for someone to de-stress from their lifestyle.

3. Your family are stranded on a deserted island, with nothing but your clothes. How will you entertain yourselves?

4. Research ball games around the world – find out the rules and then try playing something similar at school or home. How did it go?

5. Find out the ways soldiers and sea captains used to relax over 100 years ago.

6. The electricity grid went out in your country. What would change in your lifestyle? How would you relax?

7. Survey class members about games they have at home. Are you going to include computer games? Create some interesting graphs about results.

8. Find an image that has a relaxing feel to it. Write a poem remembering to give attribution correctly.

Try to use a variety of web tools to create your post not just basic writing.


Make sure you are ready for our game next week.  To take part in this game, all classes and students will need the following:

  •  a user avatar if possible
  • an ‘about me’ PAGE if using Edublogs or a post if using other platforms
  • a clustrmap or flag counter widget – if your clustrmap is greyed out, check my post here to fix it if using Edublogs widget
  • at least four interesting posts – could be topics of your choice not necessarily from the challenge
  • your ‘Recent Comments’ widget on the sidebar with 10 comments as the choice – Edublogs
  • your ‘Recent Posts’ widget on the sidebar with 10 posts as the choice – Edublogs
  • Your ‘Pages’ widget on the sidebar or pages in the header – Edublogs
  • at least 10 student and/or classes linked on your blogroll
  • at least three overseas blogs on your blogroll
  • posts tagged or categorized to make it easier to find interesting posts on each blog
  • the more students or classes you have linked on your blog, the more fun the game will be

The most important of these are the links to other student blogs on your sidebar. Try to have a couple of different headings like

  • My Friends
  • Class Blogs
  • Overseas Blogs

Having lots of  links to student blogs from other countries will help spread the game.

Check out the lists of friend’s blogs on these: Clara, Mrs Rombach has hundreds of links to other blogs for her students, Travis has a page for fellow bloggers, Meghana has other awesome blogs in her sidebar as well as a page of other bloggers


Still have time left this week:

Then keep visiting other student blogs and leave great comments including your blog URL. Find some interesting bloggers then add them to your sidebar links. Write some posts about great blogs you have visited, include a link to that blog in your post.

Read the flipboard magazine to visit bloggers who are writing great posts and are then leaving comments on Miss W’s challenge posts.

Have you and your teacher been checking out some of the class blogs? They are also looking terrific and often have lists of students in the sidebar as well.

26 thoughts on “Week 7: Work then play

  1. Great Article,

    My hope is to design a cool game like the ones you spoke of for my class in the future

  2. I would go home and do the same thing and a am 13 teen years old but i get frustrated at board games.

  3. Hi Miss W.,
    I wrote a post on my favorite board game. Check it out!

  4. Hi Miss W!
    I absolutely loved this challenge. Mine is about Indian games, and what originated from there. It was so much fun to do and I even learned something. I gave correct attributions for all the images and even included some things from India that weren’t games, like cool facts. i hope you enjoy reading it! I hope I can do more, but it is my term break, but I will try.
    Meghana @ (that is my challenge post)

    My blog:

  5. Hi Miss W!

    I’m Quynh-Thi and when I was in 6th grade I did the student blogging challenge, unfortunately I don’t have as much time in 8th grade so I can’t do it anymore. I am a pass student of Mrs.Rombach from I hope you can stop by my blog sometime!

    Stay Happy 🙂

    1. Hi Anna,
      Overseas blogs means people from other countries not your own country. So if you live in USA, find some bloggers from Australia or New Zealand or Ireland and have them on your blogroll or links in your sidebar.
      I just checked your blog and I can see you already have at least 10 posts and comments on your sidebar.
      The flipboard magazine is on the sidebar of the student challenge blog and you just click on it to read the posts from other students.
      I’ll explain the game next week – hint involves visiting other blogs.

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