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Relationship - Snakes & Ladders (developed by Australian Childhood Foundation 2021)
Educational Examples of Snakes & Ladders used in On the Job

 

 

Snakes & Ladders: The Process

This activity is used as an introductory activity for the whole class or for groups. It can be used for revision.

Introduction

 

Snakes and Ladders
(Source: TEFL)

Snakes and Ladders is a common game from everyone's childhood, yet strangely often gets overlooked or forgotten within the classroom. This is a shame, because Snakes and Ladders is an excellent classroom tool for language acquisition, memory, and revision. Playing Snakes and Ladders provides an excellent platform for review work within a class of both younger or older students.

The usual way to play Snakes and Ladders

YouTube: How to play Snakes & Ladders

https://youtu.be/gWz0IYqSDtk

 

 

bullet.gif (981 bytes)Educational Snakes & Ladders

 

Example On the Job - used in the Toxicologist.

Toxicologist

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Snakes and Ladders - with a difference!

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

 

1. You are to convert the old game of Snakes and Ladders into a new and exciting game based on the knowledge of Australian snakes. The game will still have die and played by two people but with a difference - you also need to know a lot about Australian snakes!

2. Create your own Snakes and Ladders grid with 100 squares [10 x 10].

Look at the following examples to get an idea of the number of Snakes and Ladders usually put onto the game. Be as creative as possible with your drawings of your snakes (eg. you might like to make them all look like Australian snakes!) As you can see from the following examples there are differences in the number and size of both the snakes and ladders. It is up to you to create your own unique game.

Snakes & Ladders

Snakes & Ladders

 

3. Rules: Use the instructions on the video to play the game.

 Variation:

Each person throws two die to advance along the board but....

You can avoid slipping down the snake if you know the answer to one question about Australian snakes and you can go up the ladder if you know the answer to two questions about Australian snakes. Otherwise you are to stay where you are until the next throw and a new lot of questions.  

You can use virtual dice by going to https://freeonlinedice.com/

4. Read the following websites and create a list of 20 questions [with answers]:

Australian Geographic

Australian Geographic
The Conversation 12 January 2016 Reading

The Conversation
Living with Snakes

Living with Snakes
CSIROscope 15 November 2017

CSIROscope


4. In turn, ask your question of the next person in your group [or your partner] and play the game until one person gets to the end of the board game.

Extra Resources

Snakes and Ladders with a Twist


Snakes & Ladders Board Game [Word]

Relationship - Snakes & Ladders (developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation)

PrimaryPrimary

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Relationship - Snakes and Ladders

TeacherTeacher

Instructions - PDF

Relationship Snakes and Ladders- a version created by the Australian Childhood Foundation.

This is particularly good for gauging the Mental Health of the students participating.

This is a simple game that most of the class or family can play (about 5 years and up). As you land on boxes with questions you will be able to share your answers.

Take the opportunity to talk about how life has-
• ‘ups’(the Ladders) in the form of opportunities and being up-lifted and
• ‘downs’ (the Snakes) in the form of disappointments and it being hard.

If you want to, go deeper talk about examples of these in your own lives. Be kind and sensitive and talk about how it is normal to have snakes and ladders in our life and relationships.

You will need a dice and a couple of small objects as counters. Before you start think about how you will reward the winner.

 

"On the Job" examples where the strategy, Snakes & Ladders, is used:

Life on the Job

Environmental Scientist
Environmental Scientist

LOTJ - Restoration Ecologist  - Dr. Adam Cross
Carnivorous Plants: Research Game of Snakes & Ladders

PrimaryPrimary  MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

Critical & Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical & Creative Thinking

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Toxicologist

Toxicologist

Snakes and Ladders - with a difference! (Based on Australian Snakes)

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

 

 

 

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