"BREAKING THE TRAP"
Gym Rat Squad is ready to show your students how to succeed at school and in life. Set in a fictional rat world, this is the story of how a discouraged but wise player becomes a coach and teaches his team to “break the trap.” His nemesis, Sylvester (the “Shady Rat”) runs a rival team that seeks to win by any means necessary. His way is full of shortcuts and easy cheese, but where does it lead?
Coach Gouda is dedicated to playing the game the right way, on and off the court. Gouda insists on setting the bar high and preparing his team with the sound skills and work ethic that will set them up for life, because he knows the Trap is always waiting.
EASY TO PREP, EASY TO TEACH
“Breaking the Trap” curriculum is designed to be ready to use with minimal prep time.
READ THE TEACHER GUIDE
PROJECT THE PRESENTATION
FACILITATE STUDENT WORK
WHAT’S IN A LESSON?
OPENING- Set a purpose for the lesson and engage student schema for the content.
STORY- A vignette from Team GRS that sets the foundation for the days events.
DISCUSSION- Rich topics allow students to tackle character issues in a non-judgemental way, by talking about the characters and their situations.
ACTIVITY- Student created artifacts using cross-curricular skills to show their thinking.
DEBRIEF- Guides students to gist, synthesize, and apply what they learned.
FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS FOR THE ROAD TO SUCCESS IN
6 MODULES- 5 LESSONS EACH
THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
Street-ball phenom Goat Cheeze could realize his dream of making it the the big leagues, and be just what the team needs, if he will be coachable instead of going his own way. Students evaluate who they trust as a mentor.
MAKE TEACHING EASIER
TIMING AND TRANSITIONS
GRIT AND PERSEVERANCE
CHARACTERS YOUR STUDENTS WILL LOVE
MEET THE TEAM
DeAndre Austin has created a character lesson rooted in common core that is profound! The transformation I get to witness with my students is fascinating. It’s life-changing, valuable, effective, and efficient. With so much extra responsibility being place on teachers with scarce time, we need lessons that are authentic and realistic. The students can relate to the characters.
Luarice L. Towns Ed.D., Author