Meeting #29: The Game of Life

This was by far the loudest most chaotic meeting of the year, but it was also one of the most fun! I modified the board game “The Game of Life” so that we could play it as a whole unit.

We had them get into teams of 3 and gave them $50,000 to start off with. There were 4 stations they had to visit as the game progressed with a leader at all but one:

– The bank: This is where they bought insurance, payed what they owed and got any money they earned and could take out a loan.
– The challenge station: Here they got challenges to slow them down (eg: find someone whose favourite colour is purple, spell your name backwards, sing a camp song, etc.)
– The life table: Here is where we kept track of what personal information they had collected (job, # of kids, house, etc.). It is also where they got to pick most of these things.
– The rolling station: Here we had 20 or so dice. This is where they rolled to see if they could progress through the game. Due to numbers, we didn’t have a leader here.

The first decision they had to make was whether or not they wanted to go to University. If they did, it cost $60,000 so they had to take out a loan. Loans were available in chunks of $20,000 and had to be repaid at $25,000 by the end of the game.

Once they made that choice, they moved on to the rolling station. There we had little cards taped to the table reminding them of what different rolls meant. They rolled 2 dice and…

If their number added up to…

10 → get a challenge
4 → get a life (chance) card
9 → get paid
2 → move to the next level

They had to keep rolling until they got one of these combinations and do what it said. There was no game board, they just kept moving from level to level.

The chance cards were kept in a pile at the Life table (cut up the table below) and they did whatever they said. In general, they asked them to pay someone for something. If no team had the job they had to pay, they paid the bank. Once the action was completed, they put the card back at the bottom of the pile.


They could buy health insurance at any time for $20,000.

The levels, in order, were: university, job,  house, retire, end of life.

When they they got to the job level, they got to draw 3 cards from the job pile (cut up the table below). Each job came with a salary. If they hadn’t gone to university, they couldn’t pick one of the cards with a “U” on it. From then on, they could begin collecting salary.

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When they got to the house level, they had to buy a house. They rolled one die and it told them what house they were buying. They could also buy house insurance from then on if they wanted.

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When they got to the retiring level, they stopped receiving their salary.

When they got to the end of life level, they stopped rolling and counted their money.

We kept a huge poster board at the life table to keep track of everyone’s job, salary, etc. We used post-it notes on it so that things could be switched easily and so that we could re-use the table.

photo (6)The girls were running around like crazy all night and they had tons of fun! we will definitely be repeating this meeting in years to come! Feel free to comment and let me know if you’d like a copy of all the tables!

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2 Responses to Meeting #29: The Game of Life

  1. Meagan Pearce says:

    This sounds amazing. I would like to try it with my grade 8 class as an ice breaker. Do you have the whole unit that I might be able to have?

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