UCF Event: How to Use 'The Hunger Games' in the Classroom

UCF Event: How to Use ‘The Hunger Games’ in the Classroom

Move over, Katniss and Peeta.

On Friday, Oct. 25, local librarians, teachers, and education faculty and students from the University of Central Florida will be taking part in a Hunger Games of their own.

“Hunger Games in the Classroom” is a collaboration among Central Florida educators to study how the popular Suzanne Collins trilogy can be used as an educational tool. The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in UCF’s Curriculum Materials Center on the first floor of the Education Complex.

Participants will compete in challenges that teach teamwork and literacy skills and play games that test their knowledge of various school subjects.

For a live-action version of the Hunger Games, participants, or “tributes,” will be split into teams of four and will compete with each other in a series of fun, educational games until only one team is left standing.

Survival games will highlight the flexibility of “The Hunger Games” challenge as a method for teaching different subjects.

Besides competing in games and winning prizes, participants will gain valuable teaching resources and methods to utilize in their own classrooms. They’ll also talk about Hunger Games-related themes such as government, food disparity and dystopian societies and how they can use the young-adult fiction to incorporate those topics into their lessons.

“Everyone loves ‘The Hunger Games,’” said event organizer Yolanda Hood. “When students of all ages are excited about a book or book series, we can use that as an opportunity to engage them in the classroom.”

A movie based on the series’ second book, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is set for a Nov. 22 U.S. release.

Registration for the UCF event is open to anyone interested, but space is limited. To register, call the Curriculum Materials Center at 407-823-2791.

For more information visit http://library.ucf.edu/News/?story=1419&channel=cmc.