Tuesday, October 16, 2012

WWII Monopoly?

Story here.

GULFPORT -- Kevin Boone wanted to take his ninth-grade students from Salmen High in Slidell to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans last spring, but he realized they didn't know much about the war.

Boone, who lives in Gulfport, decided the students would get more out of the field trip if they knew what happened in World War II and the history behind it.

"I hated to bring the students there without them having any background," Boone said. "It was spring, and they were tired of testing, so we did a fun learning game, and they researched most of the events of the war."

He decided a board game, such as Monopoly with a WWII theme, would be the best way to get the students interested and help them remember the facts.

Boone searched the Internet for such a game but couldn't find one, so he and his students created their own. He had five classes, and each created a version. The classes played each other's games rather than taking a written test.

The field trip was a success, Boone said, and he felt his students got more out of the experience than if they hadn't studied WWII.

Now, six months later, Boone and his students will go to the museum for the unveiling of Monopoly: America's WWII: We're All in This Together.

Game available here.

Just in time for Christmas. Play a game with your WWII veteran friends or relatives, maybe learn something you didn't know.


Old NFO said...

That is NEAT! I know what I'm getting folks for Christmas!

Bob said...

@Old NFO: Glad I could help with your Christmas shopping decisions. ;-)