For the past six years I have been teaching at Jack Miner Public School, a small rural school located about 40 kilometres from Windsor. Our student body is quite culturally homogenous, and as teachers we are always looking for ways to introduce them to multiculturalism. I saw the Right To Play program as an outstanding opportunity for the students in my class to learn about various cultures and celebrate our differences.
Right To Play has created a new curriculum called Learning to Play, Playing to Learn, which combines playing, learning, and laughing to make Canadian children active, build character, and create engaged global citizens. The resource is available on the website righttoplay.com.
The Playbook and CD provide approximately 50 games that have been tested by professionals. They are practical, can be adjusted to ﬁt any age or skill level, and have a crosscurricular focus.
This week my Junior physical education classes learned that while immunization is a normal part of life in Canada, some developing countries report measles as a leading cause of preventable death among children. After a lively discussion on viruses, my students played a game called Immunization Tag in which the viruses (ITs) try to tag children; however, if a child is holding one of the green balls (Vaccines) they are immune from being tagged.
More than just physical education and daily physical activity
The resource is not limited to physical education and daily physical activity (DPA). There are 16 lesson plans equipped with reproducible activity sheets that will help you fulﬁll curriculum expectations in social studies, science, and language arts. Earlier this year, student teachers from the University of Windsor Faculty of Education used the Playbook to teach about multiculturalism and talked about their own Pakistani and Indian heritages and backgrounds. They discussed some of the games that are played in their home countries and their similarity to the ones played by the children at Jack Miner Public School. The children were extremely motivated to learn more about other cultures and to play the games that are played around the globe.