ERIC Number: ED125939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
The Subsistence Agriculture Game: A Simulation of Farming. Instructional Activities Series IA/S-17.
Martinson, Tom; Harnapp, Vern
This activity is one of a series of 17 teacher-developed instructional activities for geography at the secondary-grade level described in SO 009 140. Through a simulation, students develop an understanding of subsistence agriculture in Central America and how it is influenced by cultural and physical factors. During four 50-minute class periods, students "live" for ten years on a subsistence-level farm, make informed decisions on crops they would plant, calculate profits and losses, and discover some reasons for resulting differences in profits and losses over the ten years. Drawing a "chance" card adds an element of uncertainty to each farmer's success. During the simulation students read maps of topography, climate and soil and use tables to calculate crop yields and prices. A postgame evaluation session facilitates verbal input by students. (DB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, Agriculture, Decision Making, Economic Factors, Economics Education, Educational Games, Environmental Influences, Farm Occupations, Farmers, Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Learning Activities, Poverty, Secondary Education, Simulation, Social Studies, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods, Topography
NCGE Central Office, 115 North Marion Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60301 ($1.75, secondary set $15.25)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Geographic Education.