This year, thanks to a wonderful Grade 5/6 split class, I fell in love with The Hunger Games. I happened to supply teach for one specific classroom pretty often, and the students were doing a read-along with the teacher of The Hunger Games, the first in the amazing trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The kids convinced me to go see the movie, which I adored. As a result, I ended up devouring the entire trilogy of books over Easter weekend – I couldn’t put it down! It was a fantastic YA series, one that kept me turning every page. The same was said by the students, who had difficulty waiting for the classroom to read the book in its entirety before jumping ahead to the other novels. It seemed that this year, the only thing that I’ve spoken about with my intermediate students is their love for The Hunger Games, Katniss, Peeta, Gale and Panem. It’s impact on literacy in the classroom fascinated me – kids couldn’t put this book down, something that I haven’t really seen outside of the Harry Potter series.
Now that The Hunger Games is a global phenomenon, there are many themed parties. In fact, I found one in Sudbury, for this week!
Sudbury’s very own Science North is hosting a “Hunger Games” night. Part of their SatURday NIGHT Science for Teens program, this particular event is taking place on Wednesday, August 29th 2012, and describes it as follows: “Archery, survival skills, obstacle courses and more await you at the 75th Hunger Games […]. Relive the excitement of The Hunger Games as you watch it on the big screen in the Vale Cavern. Enjoy great music, fantastic prizes and socializing.” The event costs $9 for Science North members, and $10 for non-members. There is free public transportation to and from the event, supplied by the City of Greater Sudbury (always a plus!) – just print the poster and show it to your driver!
I’m almost jealous that I’m too old for this – I recently rented the movie to watch it again, and I’ve had it on loop for days.
While you’re there, check out Body Worlds Vital – I hear it’s the last week to view this amazing exhibit.