Sixth grade students on Team Storm, learned about our world resources and how different countries are effected by the distribution of those resources. Students started by being divided up into countries with Ambassadors and a United Nations Council. Then they were given resources based upon their country's wealth, population and natural resources.
Wealth = Hershey Kisses
Natural Resources = root beer barrels/fireballs
Food = bread/water bottles,
Pollution = dirty water/black balloons
Geography played a big part in the simulation as kids thought about the percent of land used for people, agriculture and cities. It became extremely obvious how lopsided resources actually are in our world. Especially when looking at North America (3 people based on an 80 person world) which has 5% of the world's population, 1/2 of the food, most of the wealth, and most of the pollution. Throughout the simulation the UN Council observed complaining, trading, kids jumping borders, hoarding, stealing, and the frustration of the Asian Ambassadors as they had to divide 2 Hershey Kisses, 3 root beer barrels, 2 bottles of water and a 1/2 loaf of bread between 24 people.