Are you looking for an engaging and educational activity to spice up your upper elementary classroom? Look no further than a board game project! This hands-on project is not only a fun way to reinforce important concepts, but also a fantastic tool for keeping your students engaged during those tricky times throughout the school year. (Like right before a school break!)
Board Game Project Overview
When can you use the board game project in your classroom? Any time you need to review concepts, prepare for assessments, or fill those awkward periods in the school year, such as right before a break. It’s a versatile tool that can adapt to your teaching needs in any subject.
Student Guide to Making Your Own Board Game
Let’s start with the student perspective. Making their own board game might seem daunting, but with the right guidance, it can be a rewarding and educational experience.
Here’s a brief overview of the instructions you can provide to your students:
- Step 1: Choose a Theme: Encourage students to pick a theme related to the topic you’re studying. It could be anything from science concepts to historical events.
- Step 2: Develop Rules: Ask them to think about the rules and objectives of their game. How do players win, and what challenges will they face?
- Step 3: Decide on a Game Design: Provide materials like cardboard, markers, and craft supplies so students can design their game boards. Remind them that creativity is key!
- Step 4: Craft Game Pieces: Students can use various materials like buttons, beads, or small toys to create pawns.
- Step 5: Design Questions or Challenges: For educational value, have your students develop questions and answers related to the topic. These will be used to advance in the game.
- Step 6: Test and Refine: Encourage them to play their games with peers to get feedback and identify any issues.
Done For You Create Your Own Board Game Project
If you want to add this project to your teacher toolbox, I have a done for you solution! This resource comes with an introduction presentation to introduce the project, and it includes lots of student made examples of games! Tons of included templates will help your students quickly get started planning and creating their games. Plus, there are editable templates, such as a grading rubric, for you to use.
Create Your Own Board Game
Unleash your students’ creativity by having them create their own games. They will jump into the design process and brainstorm, write instructions, create game pieces, write content questions, and try out each other’s games to make sure they work. This is a project students will ask to do again!
Examples of Student-Made Board Games
Let’s dive into some board game ideas that you can use as inspiration for your class.
Grammar and Parts of Speech Review Board Games
Students created a board game with a partner to review grammar and parts of speech before a test. The questions for advancing through the game required knowledge of these topics.
Book Review Board Games
Creating a board game based on a book a student read for pleasure, or a small group or whole class novel study can be a lot of fun! The little details students pick up from a book and include in their game are so neat to see.
Health Review Board Games
Choose a unit in a subject you teach to have students create a board game based on the core concepts.
These games were created by students in a health class to review the different areas of health they covered that year.
Use these examples as a starting point and guide your students through the creation process. Remember, the goal is not only to have fun but also to deepen their understanding of the subject matter.
Incorporating a creative board game project into your upper elementary curriculum can increase student engagement in your classroom and deepen comprehension of the material. The best part? This project can be used any time of year for any reason!