Written by Amanda Zanette

The exciting classroom management tool which incorporates financial literacy, social responsibility, and social emotional learning.

Roles which motivate students to become more involved.

Planner Checkers

Planner Checker


Police Officers

Police Officer


Deputy Mayors

Deputy Mayors


Bank Clerks

Bank Clerk


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The City Game Book

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A Classroom Management Tool

Incorporating innovative and practical methods, The City Game is an effective teaching method that simplifies the daily management of a classroom while introducing real world aspects.

Students are assigned jobs – Planner Checker, Police Officer, Bank Clerk, Deputy Mayor – and by working together they can increase productivity and become contributing members of their communities.

Throughout the process, students perform and develop skills they will need later in life, such as filling out a resume, understanding finances, discussing issues through respectful dialogue and understanding the incentives associated with a job well done.

Practiced through role play, the game promotes communication, empathy and clear expectations. Students become empowered to make choices, voice their concerns and resolve problems, bettering themselves not because they are told to but because they want to.


Benefits to using The City Game:

  • Gives the teacher more one-on-one time with students
  • Teaches students social responsibility, social emotional learning, accountability, and budgeting skills
  • Is effective at reaching a variety of diverse learners
  • Reduces negative behavior and discipline issues in the classroom
  • Increases classroom organization
  • Reduces classroom upkeep so the teacher can focus on teaching
  • Students take on more classroom responsibility freeing up time for the teacher
  • Makes the classroom more fun for the teacher and student
  • Builds classroom community
  • Gives students more opportunities to share their voice

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Creator and Author Amanda Zanette

For as long as she can remember, Amanda Zanette (née Parent) envisioned herself as a teacher. Reaching this goal was not easy. She worked her way through high school and University while assistant managing a fast food restaurant full time. Her early real-world experience helped create the foundation for her years in front of a classroom; employees needed to know how to handle employment, personal and economic challenges.

When she did become a teacher in 2007, Amanda implemented a game with incentives and consequences into her curriculum. While working on her Masters of Education, at SFU, Amanda began applying research to investigate the effects of the game. She discovered that students were learning to make good choices regarding the management of their own learning and progress, and how they interacted with each other. Over the past eight years, Amanda continued to see positive outcomes for her students and she is hoping to inspire other teachers. Amanda believes all the skills can be transferred to high school and beyond into adulthood.


Amanda noticed that not only were her students becoming more financially and numerically literate, they were also engaging in respectful and constructive dialogue. She believes that the skills her students are learning from the game can transfer to high school and beyond into adulthood.


Amanda currently works full time as an intermediate teacher for the Burnaby School District in British Columbia, Canada. She lives in Coquitlam, BC with her husband, son and cat.

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Needing a change in your classroom?

Looking for an effective way to teach financial literacy?

Looking for a new tool to support diverse learners?

New Teacher? Looking to reduce your planning?

Parents looking for more structure for your kids?