I don't want to give too much away, so this won't be a long post. We just started a simulation today. The students were blocked into continents, and they had to develop their own culture. It was a nice review, because we haven't talked about cultures since the beginning of the year. They made a flag, a chant, and altered their style of dress. They also had Play-Doh™ which represented the natural resources of their continent.
To get the extra credit today, read and discuss the blog. Tell your parent (or whatever adult you're reading this with) what you did today. Tell them what your flag looks like. Tell them about your chant. Tell them whether or not your group will be ready to go right away tomorrow. (You should be...)
Then when you've finished discussing the blog, write the following sentence on a piece of scrap paper: "I was listening to Five Iron Frenzy while writing this blog. On Distant Shores."
Here are some pictures from first and second hour - if you're so inclined: