This file is for the basic directions for all of the game boards, but does NOT actually contain any of the game boards. For the various game boards I have created, please check my TPT page for all of the boards you can purchase.
The game of four in a row is a two player game for students in various grade levels. It helps to reinforce basic skills in a fun engaging game. The various games boards are designed around a variety of skills. The first few that I have placed up here have students working with multiplication.
The most basic of these is a multiplying game with products up to 50. The students will practice their multiplication facts using a variety of numbers, as well as practicing various game strategies to help them win. This is a “sneaky” way to get students to work on division. Most students will be interested in playing a multiplication game, but not be very interested in playing a division game. By needing the students to get their marker onto a certain square the students will need to determine how to achieve that product. By doing so, they will be practicing their division skills inadvertently.
Currently the most advanced game board would be more appropriate for middle school students. This has students working with, integers and variables, to create variable expressions through multiplying. While practicing their multiplication skills, the students will also be determining the factors needed to achieve the product, thus having the students consider various ways to factor expressions.
These game boards can be used over and over, throughout the year to help reinforce the skills you would like for students to focus on. My students have enjoyed playing these games at all of the levels that I have created, even though they are in 7th and 8th grade.