Class Act teachers create Colonial Games

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Two Atlanta teachers have taken a page from the popularity of the Hunger Games books and movies and developed a two-day, interactive learning experience for middle school students at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.

History teacher Gary Klingman and math teacher Daniel Forrester came up with the idea of the Colonial Games.

"A way to incorporate geography, history, math, science in kids working together as a team," said Klingman.

The enlisted the help and cooperation of all the middle school teachers at Holy Innocents' and created a way to get the kids involved in an interactive experience.

With notice, the students were divided into teams of seven. Each team competed within their sixth, seventh or eighth grade levels.

The students were giving limited information and told to pick a spot on a map to create a colony in a new world.

Teams had to discuss things within themselves, such as "where might a good place be for natural resources?" said Klingman.

"They have to trade with one another in order to sustain life," said Forrester.

The exercise proved so successful, the pair was asked to present their Colonial Games concept to educators from around the United States at the Apple iSummit this past summer in Atlanta.

The lesson they want most to share?

"Teaching is about the students. It's not about us. It's about providing them with the most exciting, enthusiastic experience that there is," said Klingman.

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