I still love playing board games in my “free” time (ahem what free time – I’m a teacher?!)… To re-kindle the love my students once had as children of board games (and school in general), I like to motivate them towards the end of the semester with a new form of assessment – create their own board games.
Students can be as creative as they want. For the most recent assignment I had them create games around the theme of “trade”, but you can choose any topic you like! You can suggest a game type (monopoly, apples to apples, candy land, operation etc.) and then make sure the students craft directions, game pieces, and board questions. I grade the students based on group teamwork , use of key terms, creativity, uniqueness of the game and the organization of the game itself. On the due date we go around the room and play the games to ensure they are playable. Check out some of the samples below. Happy gaming!