In Child Development, we have a short unit on "Parental Readiness" - the primary objective of course being to convince them that they are NOT ready to have children at their age. To intro this topic, I divided them into five random groups, and sent each group to a kitchen with this sheet:
In the box labeled #1, they had to choose (as a group) what they thought would be the most difficult job to have. Then they had to fill in the boxes in the column below box #1 to the best of their ability with what they already know.
All groups had to finish column #1 before anyone was told what column #2 was for.
When all had finished column #1, they were told to write "Parent" in box #2, then repeat the exercise for that column.
It was not long at all before they realized how difficulty the job of "parent" must be, leading to some great discussion. Also, a terrific springboard for that day's lesson. Score!
Here are the filled out forms for your entertainment:
I'll definitely be doing this one again!