There always seems to be an excuse as to why students want “free time” and think we shouldn’t work: because it’s Monday, because it’s Friday, because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, etc. So why not get them engaged in doing some geometric – thinking and reviewing concepts learned through this fun and interactive board game?! They’ll be racing against each other to make it to the finish line. I use snack size bags of cookies (chocolate chip and oreo) as incentives and prizes for the winner. If your students are anything like mine, they’ll do anything for food!
Instructions: students will work in pairs. Give each pair one board game, one Player A questions sheet, and one Player B questions sheet. They must decide who is player A and who is player B (or whoever gets the paper when you give it to them gets to be player A). Use a marker, game board piece, erasers, or coins to move from space to space and differentiate among players.
How to Play: Player A and B will both place their marker on the box labeled START. Player A moves up one space and must answer a question asked by player B. if player A answers correctly, then he/she moves up one space, but if he/she answers incorrectly, he/she moves back one space (in this case back to the START box). Then it’s player B’s turn. Player B moves up one space and must answer a question posed by player A. If player B answers correctly, he/she moves up one, otherwise, he/she moves back one. Then it’s player A’s turn again. Player B reads a question. Correct answer = moving up one space. Incorrect answer = moving back one space. Then it’s player B’s turn and player A asks the question. They do this on and on until one player makes it to the finish line.
There are 40 questions per player provided. Just in case students go through all questions before reaching the finish line, they can start all over again with the first question.
This game will get your students talking about important geometric concepts in a fun way! Use it after a quick review, quiz, or simply on a special day. Though it may get loud, students should all be engaged. If you have a really large class, you may want to do two pairs of students working together on one board (like a couples game). This may be helpful especially for lower level students.
Check out the preview file to see the types of questions asked.