Help reinforce facts about plants by letting your students play this fun science board game. This is a game I created to use with my 5th grade science students (in Georgia) after we have spent some time studying plant classification. I feel it is also suitable for fourth and sixth grades if you are studying plant and animal cells as part of your standards.
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What is included in this game pack? There is a colored game board. Each space on the game board is a plant. It is a fun and colorful board. There are 32 game cards included that have questions about plants. An 'answer choice board' is also included. I make this available to students when it is their turn. They can select the best answer from the board to fill in the space on their game card. An answer key is included, so that another group member or partner can check the answer. Game directions are also included.
Their partner or another group member will check the answer using the key. If they get it right, they get to move ahead one more space. If they miss it, they move back 2 spaces. The first one to the end wins the game.
What does the game pack look like? The game board is full color with images of different plants for the spaces students land on. The game cards are very simple back and white. There are 32 game cards. There are no images on the game cards. The direction card and answer sheet are half-page size. The answer choice board using a variety of fonts for the words to give it a more fun and whimsical look. You can see this on the thumbnail images above.
How does the game work? On a student's turn, they will roll the dice one time. They will then move that many spaces. They will then draw a card and read the sentence on the card. They will fill in the sentence with the correct word/vocabulary that makes the most sense. Although some students may know immediately a word that fits into the blank, I have included an 'answer choice board' for students to select the answer they think it right.
What materials do you need to play the game? You will need a dice, game markers, the animal classification game board, the 'answer choice board', the game cards, and the answer key.
How many kids can play? You will need at least 2 players. I typically don't have more than 4 play one of my games, but you can use a number that works best for your class.
What prep does the game take? The prep is pretty easy. Print all 6 pages. Cut out the game cards. I have made it very easy, as you should just have to cut down the dotted lines vertically and horizonatally. Twelve cards print on one page. I would laminate all parts of the game for durability but it's not necessary in order to play. You may want to mount the game board to the inside of a file folder and then staple the directions to the other side. I typically staple a ziplock baggie to the inside of the folder on the direction side and store the game cards in the baggie.
Can you tell me a few of the fill in the blank sentences? Sure! You should be able to see a few more in the thumbnail image above.
- Some plants have ______ instead of seeds in order to reproduce. (spores)
- The process by which plants use sunlight to make food is called _______________. (photosynthesis)
- _________ are vascular plants that produce flowers. (angiosperms)
- Are mosses vascular or nonvascular plants? (non-vascular)
This plant classification game will work perfectly as a center activity, for a Friday game day, or even for early finishers. It's also perfect to use for review before a unit test or even pull it out before state testing as a test prep activity toward the end of the year. Use this game in your classroom however you would like.
**Please, ... if you are unsure about anything with the game or you have questions, I would appreciate if you send me a message before purchasing. I want you to be happy with the activity. :-) Thank you.**
Also.... please... if you ever see that I made a mistake or an error on the answer key, please allow me a chance to get it corrected for you. If I made a typo on a game card I can get that corrected too. I can usually do so very quickly. I have two sets of eyes look at everything, but we might miss something here or there. Not much, but it can happen. Thank you ahead of time! It is greatly appreciated. Just send me a message on my Q and A, and I will get it taken care of.