graders in Beth Sproehlich's classroom became Madison Elementary School
tribal members in an educational game of "Madison Survivor." The
month-long program consists of academic and physical competitions.
are designed to motivate students to practice some of their basic
academic skills such as multiplication facts, parts of speech and
equivalent fractions. Each week a riddle goes up to help them figure
out what the emphasis of the academic challenges will be for the
following week in order to have time to prepare.
was a new idea brought about by a desire to motivate kids to study
items they have been asked to learn over their grade-school career, but
are hard-pressed to want to push themselves on anymore," explained
Sproehlich. "The kids get very excited about the challenges and are
learning to plan within their tribe for the best strategy for each
challenge. The physical challenges make it fun and good exercise.
take place for one and a half hours on Fridays and have included
Estimation Boa Constrictor Squeeze, Free Throw Me a Lifeline, Watch Out
For Killer (Spelling) Bees, Fact Action, Spiders & Snake Pit and
True/False Jungle Bark.
At the end of each competition the winning tribes earn a reward.