Friday, May 16, 2014

DIY Tips for Gaming in your Classroom.

By Nina Kendall

Looking for inexpensive ways to introduce gaming to your classroom? Here are a few tips:

·   Try the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree has small board games for sale in the education section. The simple game boards and game pieces can easily be repurposed and adapted to other topics in your classroom.

·    Repurpose old game boards and pieces for other uses. When I moved into my last classroom, there was an old trivia game board and pieces but no instructions. One day in an effort to engage a small group in review, I pulled out the game board and created my own rules to play a simple trivia game with this board. To my surprise they asked to play again.

·   You can also design simple boards of your own with a word processing program like this one.

Got Boards? Need Game Pieces? Try these suggestions:
·   different colored pieces of foam
·   old marker caps
·   cap erasers of different colors
·   Small pieces of paper with players’ names or initials.
·   Small binder clips with decorated with paint or tape.

Like trivia games? Need more content specific cards? Design your own.

What am I?
What am I?
What am I?
What am I?
first government of the United States.
gave president power to send troops into action without declaring war
protected in
individual rights
Declared independence from Britain
did not have the power to tax.
Written at the beginning of the Vietnam War
Protected individuals from aristocracy
borrowed John Locke’s ideas about individual rights and government
Was very weak - had no authority over the separate states
Allowed for escalation of war
Written in England
Written by Thomas Jefferson
Articles of Confederation
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
English Bill of Rights
Declaration of Independence

Simple templates like this one can be used to make sets of cards. Designing the front and back of the cards will make it easier to sort and track categories of cards.

Want to better monitor student progress in games?
Have students take photographs of game boards at the end of play and uploads with basic notes to programs for assessment like ThreeRing.

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