I have used this board game in a variety of settings with my students and it has been a success each time. I have used it in classrooms of thirty and in small group tutoring as well. My favorite method of using this board game is to review for tests and/or quizzes the day before. It can be used with groups of students from 2-4. I also went to the store and bought fake plastic bugs as the game pieces while playing in class... students of all ages love choosing their bug game piece!
How to play:
Group students in pairs and allow them to pick their game pieces. If you do not have plastic bugs, they can use erasers, colored pieces of paper, coins, etc. as their game piece. 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 work out the problem. If player one 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 they answer it correctly and player one 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.
4) Buy plastic bugs (not necessary, but fun).
Also, my kids love taking these board games and questions home to play against their parents/siblings/grandparents. It's a great way to take the learning home and get parents involved!
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!