Lessons from Hunger Games!

Ok, it seems that everyone is talking about Hunger Games, so I have to get my 2 cents in too. I know on the surface this does not sound like a post about electronics, but hang with me. Hopefully you will see the connection before I am done.

My oldest son, ManBoy, has been enthralled by the Hunger Games books for about a year and a half now. I recently decided that it would be a good idea to read them myself. I really do believe that every parent should be reading the books their teens are reading. That way, if there are issues in the books that need to be discussed then you will be aware of them. Ideally, the parent should read the book before the teen does. Obviously, that didn’t happen with us.

ManBoy has been reading the books on our Kindle (there’s a connection to technology!). I’m an avid crocheter, attempting to start my own crochet business and have a big order to finish up for a customer. Therefore, I choose to “read” audio books instead. Even though I started “reading” these books because my son is reading them, I found that I’m enjoying them.

We homeschool moms are some of the most adept at turning almost anything into a lesson. I can see all sorts of lessons that can be created from Hunger Games.

  • Fractions – What percent of the tributes were still alive after the “bloodbath” at the cornucopia? Now turn that into a decimal. What is the fraction of girl tributes still alive on day 3? Boy tributes?
  • Vocabulary – Cornucopia, tribute, alliance, district
  • Make you think questions – Why were the peace keepers disliked in the various districts? Why do you think the Capitol divided the citizens up into districts? Why do you think Haymitch stays drunk all the time? Why did Haymitch want Katniss and Peeta to pretend to be in love? How would this help them to stay alive? What was the significance of the mocking jay? How did it’s significance change by the end of the book?

Those are just a few of the ideas I came up with. However there are lots more online!

  • http://www.lessonindex.com/The_Hunger_Games_by_Suzanne_Collins.htm  This site lists numerous lesson plans and teaching guides. These are geared to teachers in classroom settings but could probably be tailored for homeshoolers as well.
  • http://www.hungergameslessons.com/  This is a whole site dedicated to teaching from Hunger Games.
  • http://canadianhomelearning.blogspot.com/2012/03/hunger-games-homeschool-fun.html  This is a homeschool blogging mom who posted about teaching from Hunger Games.
  • http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/111784.aspx  Here’s yet another interesting lesson plan.
  • http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/ViewLesson.asp?ID=11065  There is even a site for a Hunger Games Field Day! Get your kids excited about physical exercise by replicating some of the Hunger Games activities.

I’m sure I could go on and on, but you get the idea. I’m going to go back to “reading” now!

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