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Ms. Snapp from Milwaukee WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Board Games: Developing Critical Thinking & Communication Skills

Help me give my students a new selection of board games that encourage logic, critical thinking, communication, and empathy.

  • $251 goal

This project expired on February 27, 2019.

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My Students

I teach in a multi-age Montessori classroom in a large public school district. My students are vibrant 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders, who are full of energy and curiosity. Many come from homes with challenging financial situations, and some come from homes with challenging emotional situations. All of my students, however, come to school ready to learn. In addition to academic lessons, we work on improving focus, caring for others, and caring for ourselves. I love watching them develop confidence in their abilities and being a part of their academic and personal journey.

My Project

Every Friday, after straightening and cleaning our classroom, my students have time to play games. Game time is usually 45-60 minutes depending on how long it takes to clean the room, and it is something that all of my students look forward to.

My goal for game time is to allow the children to interact with their classmates in healthy, positive play activities that are UN-plugged!!

I thoroughly enjoy observing the children during game time and seeing a side of them that I do not usually see during the academic pursuits of our week. Positive social skills are bolstered as students learn to take turns, be supportive of one another, be part of a team, and be a gracious winner or loser. Students also learn to take great care of the games and their parts, right down to the boxes they come in!

One of the loveliest sights to see is when children who are not necessarily close friends interact with one another over an exciting game. I also enjoy seeing when students notice a lone student looking a bit lost, and they reach out to include the student in their activity or game.

This project includes a variety highly rated board games. Many are competitive, which provides students with the opportunity to have pre-game discussions about rules and outcomes for their games. Some of the games provide opportunities for long-term strategies and critical thinking, and a few of the games place a greater emphasis on creative thought. I am also including a few cooperative and 1-person games for students who prefer a challenge without rivalry.

Ms. Snapp
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
4-Way Shut the Box Dice Game by GrowUpSmart (2-4 Players) for Kids + Adults [4 Sided Large Wooden Board Game, 8 Dice + Shut-the-Box Rules] Smart Game for Learning Numbers, Strategy + Risk Management • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Ticket To Ride: Europe - First Journey • Amazon Business $23.95 1 $23.95
ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Tons of Fun With Over 20 Awards Won, International Bestseller for Over 20 Years • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Outfoxed! Game Board Game • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Blue Orange Games Kingdomino Award Winning Family Strategy Board Game • Amazon Business $16.25 1 $16.25
Winning Moves Games No Stress Chess • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
Winning Moves Games Deluxe Pente Strategy & Capture • Amazon Business $15.27 1 $15.27
Sleeping Queens 10th Anniversary Tin Card Game • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Wood Folding Mancala in Cardboard Sleeve (Packaging may Vary) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Hasbro Boggle Classic Game • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87
Yahtzee Game • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Rory's Story Cubes • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

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