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17. Playing Hydroponica

Hydroponica is a board game that has two paths. One is the street path and the other is the hydroponic garden path.

On the street path the person has to buy all their food and on the hydroponic path they do not have to buy.

However, a person on the hydroponic path does not make much money until they have purchased hydroponic growers.

The winner of the game is the first person to complete the survival garden, which includes enough growers, watere supply and nutrient to keep one person alive.

The game is structured so that each player will have to learn to handle money. When a card or space asks them to pay a certain amount (i.e. $150.00) the player will have to add a hundred dollar bill and a $50.00 bill and hand it to the banker. These actions are helping to fulfill the Oregon standards of teaching understanding money.

Throughout the game, on the hydroponic path, there are the potential pitfalls of environment, pH, insect attack or nutrients. In these pitfall loops the player faces challenges that would naturally occur in the garden.

These challenges teach the Oregon Science standardstwneThe unit begins with a group discussion on world hunger. The students are encouraged to share stories they have heard about hunger. They are also encouraged to share if they understand what hunger is, if they have ever felt that.

The game requires a person to be able to add the number of growers and then multiply by the values they have for each timne around the board. This means that in a 50 minute game a player will probably perform this calculation about six times. Players should be incouraged to help each other, not do this for the others.

The game allows for the student to begin to recognize the concepts of temperature and pH and how these will affect plants. The nutrients section also begins the interest in the investigations of how nutrients or chemistry affects plant growth.

Note to the teacher: This unit meets the following objectives Perform whole number calculations using paper and pencil and calculators.

Students will:

add three-digit whole numbers.

subtract three-digit whole numbers.

multiply single digit numbers.

divide two-digit whole numbers by single-digit whole numbers with no remainder. Students will:

Use concepts of place value and grouping in whole number operations.

Students will apply: place values from hundredths (using money) to thousands, inclusive. addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers.

1.Social Science Objective: Identify ways that people can participate in their communities and the rights and responsibilities of membership.

2. Science objective -Collect, organize, display, and describe simple data using charts, tables, number lines, bar graphs, and line graphs.

3.Identify an issue or problem that can be studied.

Recognize and diagram the parts of a system.

Compare objects, drawings, and constructions to the real things they represent.

Identify examples of change over time.

Describe how some things change and some things remain the same.

Identify structures that serve different functions.

Revised: 1 May 2016
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