Natural Start Alliance Conference: Traditional Games Workshop – An Introduction and the Activities Collection Draft

I’m delighted to be conducting a workshop this summer during the Natural Start Alliance Conference in Manchester, NH. I’ll be presenting an assortment of outdoor games designed to build young people’s understanding and appreciation of this North American Northeastern Forest bioregion: its creatures and vital processes. I’m attaching here written descriptions of some of the activities from the workshop – and many others, their correlations with the Next Generation Science Standards, supporting visuals, and suggestions for ways that these games and projects can be expanded. The pedagogical and philosophical rationale for this kind of learning is also discussed in following draft. These materials are all part of a manuscript I’m developing that is essentially a collection of active, outdoor games. It’s called Circling the Sun, Racing the Wind.

Any reflections, suggestions, or questions about this collection would be very welcome, especially since I’m still in the phase of refining and revising both the draft’s writing and illustrations. My thanks and best wishes to those of you who joined the workshop on August 2nd and to those of you who are considering these materials for possible sharing with your students.