Teacher Review For Parable of the Polygons

Allow Students to Experience the Benefits of Diversity in a Creative Way!

Suzy L.
Technology coordinator
Cherokee County Schools
Canton, GA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I would use this visual parable as either an activator or a summarizer to a novel unit on diversity or a study on the differences between de facto and de jure segregation. Even as an adult using the game, I found it challenging to make all the diverse neighbors happy, and the messages inside the game kept me interested.
My Take
This activity would be a great, simple teaching tool. I love the fact that it is internet-based, thus requiring no setup, and that it teaches such a deep lesson about diversity in such a fun way. It makes the "player" consider his own thoughts about tolerance and prejudice, even with some simple shapes to guide the way. Even if you choose not to use this with your classroom students, it would be great for a church youth group or your own children as well.