Something I’ve learned over the years is that the more “technological” the world becomes, the less kids ever play actual board games. It seems as the big push in education is to use technology in your classrooms. Of course that’s a fine idea, but I like to use homemade or store bought hands-on materials to teach and reinforce. I think they get enough electronics outside of the classroom, that doing some of the old-fashioned things excites them more. There’s just something about rolling the dice and moving the tokens around the board.
The following picture is a gameboard that I had the students play recently. Here is a link to the website that I actually got the printable gameboard from http://donnayoung.org/homeschooling/games/game-boards.htm There are several to choose from. I printed one of the race track boards off, added some special instruction places on (go ahead 2 spaces, trade places with another player, go back 4 spaces, etc.), made copies, taped them on manilla folders, and laminated them. I then made “game cards” and put different problems on them. You could use the game to reinforce a concept you are working on that day, but I used it recently to review for a test. You also need to make “tokens” for each player to keep their place on the game board.
Instructions for the game:
I put the students in groups of three. Three seems to be a good number of students because with two, they may both get stuck on a problem, and with four it always seems that one player sits back while the others do all of the work. I told them to start with the shortest player and then go clockwise, but you can choose however you want to start the game. The first player rolls the dice, but doesn’t move yet. That first player flips over one of the game cards. All players must work the problem, this is so that there is a checks and balance system. If they all agree that the first player’s answer is correct, then that player gets to move his/her token the number of spaces that is shown on the dice. If the first player gets the answer incorrect, they must stay in the same location without getting to move ahead. Obviously, you can change the rules however you would like, this is just the way I’ve decided to do it. The students love the game and listening to them argue their answers as well as enjoying a little fun competition.