• INVENT A MATH BOARDGAME

    Please use the rubric and instructions that I sent home with you. These are a basic set of guideliunes and they are not as detailed as the ones I have already given you.

    (dont forget to use the rubric that you already have)

    1. Choose a theme

    Decide on a theme for the game. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

    • Adventure (jungle adventure, pirate adventure, space, explorers, deep sea ….)
    • Family life and activities
    • A movie
    • A book (Narnia stories, Harry Potter, Fancy Nancy, Pete the Cat…..)
    • Landmarks in your town

    Take a look at the board games you already own for inspiration. Could you adapt one of them?

    2. Make your board

    There are two options

    • Draw your own board game on cardboard, wood, plastic, or thick poster board....any material will work
    • Print out a board template.

      3. Make your game pieces

      Make game pieces from small objects you find around the house such as Lego men, small plastic figures/animals, buttons, coins, shells or rocks.

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      4. Add some rewards and challenges that fit with your theme.

      Print them straight on the board or create game cards. Index cards cut in half are just the right size for game cards. For example

      • The dog ate your homework. Go back 2 spaces.
      • You won Canadian Idol!! Earn 2 tokens.
      • Meet a monkey who steals your watch! Go back five spaces
      • Hold your tongue and say the alphabet.
      • Darn you forgot your lunch. Lose a turn.
      • Make a funny face.

      Encourage creativity and humor!

      5. Decide how you want to move the pieces.

      Will you draw cards, use a spinner, or throw dice? Will you use a combination of these methods? You could even make your own specialized dice or spinner.

      • You can find a traditional die template here.
      • Here’s a blank die template.
      • And a number spinner
      • make sure you decide on a 5th grade math skill that we are working on or will work on. Make your game cards...about 50 questions would be a good start. (remember to uise you small math book as a guide for questions)

      6. Decide on the basic rules.

      These will probably change as you play the game, but it’s good to have a starting point.

      7. Play the game.

      Play nwith your family members so you can make adjustments and tweak the rules as you go along. The main thing is to have fun!

    • Include the rules on the back of the game or wherever is convient. I'll will also need a copy.
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