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This game is an expansion on the popular board game Catan, it adapts the regular Catan game to become a game about sustainability and climate change. It's a neat idea, but teachers must already own the game and know how to play it.

This game-based learning would be great for after-school activities, environmental clubs, or a 'free' period in school. The amount of setup needed to get the game going and explain the rules may be too involved for regular classroom use.

This learning activity takes 2.5 hours.

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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 2 Science and Engineering Practices
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Teaching Tips

  • This could be a fun game to have on hand for free time, clubs, or other educational 'down time.' Students can play a board game and still address aspects of science standards associated with climate change.
  • Ambitious teachers could set this up as a virtual game to be played in a Google Hangout or similar environment.

About the Science

  • Catan: Global Warming, is a complex board game showing players how their decisions and choices regarding agriculture, mining, and urban development are related to global climate change. As settlers of a new land, students see how developing the land and expanding population creates more greenhouse gas. It uses information from the IPCC 5th assessment report and describes the reasoning and scientific basis for the different aspects of the game in the "Design Notes" document.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • This is an expansion pack for the popular board game Catan. Teachers can use this board game to help students explore different aspects of climate change. Students will have to consider the environmental and economic impacts their decisions have as they build agriculture and cities to try to win the game.
  • This activity can be done in small groups with multiple versions of the game or as a classroom activity by having students play in teams. This could be a good fun day or game day activity that still addresses learning goals associated with climate change. Teachers will need a copy of Catan to play this expanded version of the game.
  • The game offers an unconventional way to learn about climate change, and there are opportunities for cooperative discussions and decisions on how to develop the land and expand a community sustainably. The storyline is legitimate, and allows for unlimited combinations of scenarios and outcomes for students to explore, but this is a game and not anchored in any real life examples.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • There are different rules to this expansion game than for the regular version of Catan. These are included with the PDF of resources, which is fairly complex to read. For those already familiar with Catan, it will be quicker to learn. Teachers may want to play this version without students to get a sense for the rules, as they are somewhat complex. The game developers include tips for implementing this in the classroom in the "Design Notes" document.

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