Is The Play
Real Game a game or a program?
The Play Real Game is a career development program, fully compliant with the
National Career Development Guidelines (United States) and Blueprint for
Life/Work Designs (Canada) competencies and performance indicators for the
Primary/Elementary level. The Play Real Game is experiential, involving creative
role-playing and simulation activities. As a result, students (and teachers)
have fun as they learn about adult life and work roles in a community setting,
and see how and what they are learning in school will help them prepare for a
The Play Real Game is an educational program with clearly defined learning
outcomes and performance indicators, presented in the form of a game.
How much time
does it take to play The Play Real Game?
It takes from 10 to 11 hours of class time to complete the core activities of
the program. Optional activities are also included in the Facilitator's Guide.
The additional activities complement the core activities and create
opportunities to involve the community, other teachers, and parents/guardians.
The Play Real Game is flexible enough to be competed during a weekend camp, over
a concentrated week or two at school, or extended over one to three months.
Do I need
training to present the game to students?
Although complete and easy-to-follow lesson plans are provided for
facilitators, training is strongly recommended. Both students and teachers
benefit more from the program when facilitators attend training. In over 50,000
classrooms now using programs in The Real Game Series, a team teaching approach
is most common. English, social studies, math, science, home economics,
geography, and physical education teachers, as well as career counselors,
librarians, administrators, parent- volunteers, and peer facilitators can
facilitate key activities in the program.
How do I get
the training I need?
Canada: Through the Canada Career Information Partnership, each Canadian
province and territory has designated a Real Game Series Coordinator who
coordinates training and awareness-raising activities and events for all
programs in The Real Game Series. You can get in touch with your Coordinator
through the Career Services unit of your Department of Education, or through the Carer Cruising(1-800-965-8541 (ext 118).
United States: The Real Game Series training is coordinated through the
Career Cruising. Availability of training may be learned by
contacting your local ACRN Director, National Life/Work Center (1-800.965-8541 ext 118),
Can The Play
Real Game be presented as a community project outside the
Yes, as long as facilitators have experience in classroom or group-learning
environments. For example, the program can be very popular at summer camps or
evening/weekend sessions with community groups. If facilitators are not teachers
experienced with the program, it is recommended that they attend The Play Real
it possible for parents to buy The Play Real Game so their children can play it
at home?This is not recommended. The Play Real Game is more beneficial in a
classroom or group setting where a "mini-society" can be created with a least
15-20 participants. Group interaction contributes greatly to the effectiveness
of the program.
versions of the game available?
Yes. This in one in a series of six developmentally sequenced programs all
keyed to the competencies and performance indicators of America's National
Career Development Guidelines and Canada's Blueprint for Life/Work Designs.
The complete series includes:
The Play Real Game - Grades 3-5
Real Game - Grades 7-9
The Be Real Game - Grades 10-15