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- My students are always looking for more speaking practice. This bundle includes many of my students' favorite games that require a decent amount of speaking to play. Most of the games can be scaffolded up or down, depending on students' proficiency levels, simply by adjusting the amount of time theyPrice $13.60Original Price $17.00Save $3.40
The common core requires a lot of evidence based writing. We also require students to cite evidence to support their inferences and conclusions when writing. My students struggled to write and speak effectively until I introduced them to CER (claim, evidence, reasoning). I have posters in my classroom for student reference and we often use a graphic organizer to help us organize our writing. To further practice with CER, and get some speaking practice in, we like to play Claim, Evidence, Reasoning: The Board Game. With over 50 claims included, students will have plenty of claims to defend. One of the things that I like most about this board game is the difficulty level can be easily increased or decreased by varying the time students are required to speak. I generally require less proficient students to state only 1-2 sentences. When playing with my advanced students I ask them to speak for 30 seconds.
Be the first player to reach finish by successfully supporting given claims with evidence and reasoning.
This digital board game includes the Game Play script. This script allows students to "roll dice" and "draw" cards without ever having to leave the game or open another tab. Please understand, this script will not actually add dice, nothing will move or animate, instead it adds a Game Play menu item at the top of the screen (it will show up at the end of the menu list, the line of words that starts with File, Edit...). Students click the “Game Play” menu, click “Roll Dice,” and a number between one and six is randomly generated. The number shows up in a box that says, “roll dice X.” Students click the X or OK to close the box and proceed with the game. The second part of the script, “Draw Card” will randomly choose one of the question slides. When students click on "Draw Card" they are automatically jumped to a slide with a single sentence and two definitions. Once they are finished with the question, a Game Board button will jump them back to the game board. The first time you play this game, students will need to do some special things (you as the teacher do not need to do anything). They will only need to do these one time.
- Click on “Game Play” in the menu bar.
- In the Authorization Request box, click on “Continue.”
- Click on your account.
- Click on “Advanced.”
- Click on “Go to Past Continuous World History BCE Script.”
- Click “Allow.”
These directions are provided on the game board slide for easy reference. The first time a student opens the game, the script will take a little longer to load than the rest of the file (the longest it's ever taken to load was 30 seconds), but it should load simultaneously with subsequent openings.
To use this digital board game first make a copy of the game for each group of 2-4 students (never give students access to the original file, always make a copy). Then share the copy with each student in the group, being sure to give the students editing rights. The file must remain in edit mode in order for the various pieces to work. Placing the game in present mode removes access to the Game Play menu and makes the game pieces and magnifying glass immovable. There is no need for students to return anything to you. If you wish to remove their access, simply change it under the share settings, or delete the copy from your drive.
For more information about this, and other CER activities, see the blog post CER: Claim, Evidence, Reasoning.