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Madison Fifth Graders are True Survivors

Fifth 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.

Events 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.

"This 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.

Competitions 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.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
March 3, 2009