The Play Real Game is a career
development program, fully compliant with the Blueprint for Life/Work
Designs 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 what they are learning in school will help them prepare for a good
future. 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 15 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 completed 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
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 a
How do I get the training I need?
The Department of Education in 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 Career Cruising(1-800-965-8541 ext. 118).
Can The Play Real Game be presented
as a community project outside the classroom?
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 Game training.
How does the game integrate with regular
In over 70,000 classrooms now using programs in
The Real Game Series, a team-teaching approach is most common. English,
Social Studies, Math, Science, Family and Consumer Science, Geography, Physical
Education and other teachers, as well as career counsellors, librarians,
administrators, parent volunteers, and peer facilitators (students from high
school grades) can facilitate key activities in the program.
Is 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 at least 15 to 20 participants. Group
interaction contributes greatly to the perceived reality and effectiveness of
Are other versions of this program available
for other age groups?
Yes. This is one in a series of four
developmentally-sequenced programs, all keyed to the competencies and
performance indicators of the Blueprint for Life/Work Designs. The
complete Series includes:
The Play Real Game - Grades
The Real Game -
The Be Real Game - Grades 10-16