Academic journal article Social Education

Musical Shares: This Game Is a Variation on Musical Chairs. It Can Lead into an Interesting Conversation about Various Service Learning Opportunities in the Community or to Open a Lesson on the Topic of Hunger. (1)

Academic journal article Social Education

Musical Shares: This Game Is a Variation on Musical Chairs. It Can Lead into an Interesting Conversation about Various Service Learning Opportunities in the Community or to Open a Lesson on the Topic of Hunger. (1)

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Preparation: Chairs, boom box music, descriptions of service learning opportunities in your neighborhood that address the problem of hunger or homelessness. Time: 5 to 10 minutes

1 Ask for ten student volunteers to play the game. Tell the class, "This group of students represents the human population of Earth." Ask these students to place their ten chairs in a circle (facing out). Tell the class, "The chairs represent the Earth's resources."

2 Invite each student volunteer in a chair. Tell the class, "If resources are divided equally, there's more than enough for all." Play a round of musical chairs: Play the music for half-a-minute while students walk around the circle of chairs; stop the music; each student must find a seat. Say, "See? Everyone has seat."

3 Tell the class, "The resources of the world are not distributed equally." Ask two students from the group to stand against the wall. Tell them, "you represent the poorest fifth of the human family, about 1.3 billion people, yet you collectively earn just 2 percent of the world's income, about a dollar a day. You may stand against the wall while the music plays."

4 Mark a line down the middle of one chair seat with masking tape. Ask six students to stand in fron of three-and-a-half chairs. Tell them, "You represent the world's middle class, about 3.5 billion people, with just enough to get by. You earn 33 percent of the wolrd's income. You can take turns sitting down in these three-and-a-half chairs. …

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