I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate games and activities into my classroom. I created this board game to review our Reconstruction and Westward Expansion Unit in American History. I use this the day before the unit test as a form of formative assessment in my classroom. It can be used with groups of students from 2-4.
How to play:
Group students in pairs and have them create their game piece. I usually use pieces of colored paper, but you can use erasers, coins, plastic game pieces, etc. Player 1 chooses a card from the deck of questions (create your own from your unit of study- I typically write 20-25 questions per game- with answers on the back). Both students will prepare an answer. If player 1 answers correctly, he/she can roll the die to find out how many places to move. Of course, the players have to follow the comments on the board. Sometimes, I allow player 2 to steal the move if he/she answers it correctly and player 1 doesn't. Then, it moves to player 2 like a standard board game.
What do you need to do to use this in your classroom?
1) Print the board games. They are formatted to print on 11 x 17 size paper, but can also be printed on 8.5 x 11 paper. (Keep in mind the format looks better when it's bigger.) Also, I recommend printing on card stock, so that you can reuse the boards.
2) You will need to make the question cards. I usually use 20-25 questions per game. They are super easy to create on Microsoft Word by inserting a table and typing them in. Remember to write the answers on the back side.
3) If you don't have dice in your classroom, write how many spaces students will get to move on the back of the cards along with the answer.
Also, my kids love taking these board games and questions home to play against their parents/siblings/grandparents to prepare for the assessment. It's a great way to take the learning home and get parents involved (and also a great way for students to study without sitting down and memorizing material).
I hope your students enjoy the game as much as mine did. I also have board games for other subjects and with other themes. I am constantly developing and uploading new board games, so check back often for more fun!