Friday, February 21, 2014

A Fun Way to End a Book or Unit

Do you have kids interested in chess? What about checkers? Why not tie it into what you're studying?

Take a classic good vs. evil story like the Hobbit and have students decide which chess pieces should represent which characters from the story. (If you have an old game, maybe you won't mind if they tape labels onto the pieces.) Perhaps you'll have orc pawns vs. Gandalf the king or elf pawns vs. giant spiders.

If checkers is more their style, choose some main themes from your unit and perhaps you'll get white blood cells versus bacteria.

For very motivated students perhaps they might even come up with their own game board and trivia questions, Jeopardy-style clues, or Wheel of Fortune-type puzzles.

The possibilities are endless!

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