Kids of all ages enjoy playing board games. Combining this love of board games with school projects helps ensure children have fun while learning. Board game projects allow students to use their knowledge of a subject to create a game that can be played to help classmates review for a major test or help teachers assess whether the students truly understand the material.
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Create Your Own Monopoly
Monopoly, a popular board game by Parker Brothers, has been adapted into numerous editions related to hit television shows, cities and sports teams. Using an old Monopoly board, have students create their own version of the engaging game. For a social studies class, students should use construction paper or printable sticker paper to replace Monopoly's properties with specific locations and events studied in class. In a language arts class, students can customise the game to fit novels the class has read.
Trivia games are easy for students to create using study guides and classroom notes. Create a simple game board on poster board with multicoloured squares in a circle or other simple pattern. Players roll the dice and move their pieces. Students create categorised trivia cards with questions for players to answer. Each category of question should correspond to a colour on the game board. For example, with a biology game, if players land on a red space, they answer a question about cells. If they land on a blue space, they answer a question about anatomy. If a player answers a question incorrectly, he loses a turn.
Math Board Game
Math games should provide players with the opportunity to practice solving math problems. Create a simple game board and write a different problem on each square. Players roll the dice to move around the board and must answer the problems on whatever squares they land on. If a problem is answered incorrectly, players can lose a turn or move back a few spaces. Instead of writing the problems on the actual board, students can create index cards with problems that players can draw when they land.
Language Arts Game
After reading a novel, create a board game to highlight major characters and events in the novel. Design tokens or game pieces to represent popular characters and objects in the novel. Design the board game to use colours and symbols related to the book. On various squares throughout the board, write instructions to players based on events in the novel. For example, for the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," spaces could include "Jem breaks his arm. Move back two spaces" or "Boo Radley saves the day. Move forward three spaces."
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