Game Board Recycling
Idea by Ann, 2nd Grade Teacher, Brunswick, GA
During the summer I love to hit the yard sales for the old board games. They’re a great tool for teaching skills related to game playing as well as for offering practice in critical and creative thinking abilities. In addition, many of the games can be differentiated to match learning standards.
One of my students’ favorites is the classic, “Chutes and Ladders” game board. I use this game to offer practice with addition and subtraction. When players move up a ladder they must add the number where they began to the number they ended on to determine how many spaces they advanced. When sliding down a chute, players must subtract to see how many spaces they regressed. This math adaptation is a major hit during center time and beyond.
Tip: If the game boxes are damaged or missing, try using a Game Savers Box to keep everything organized!
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