My students are a wide-ranging group of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who are getting to have a real choice in elective classes for the first time this year. Our school is small, so offering a wide range of courses has been a challenge in the past. This year students will have the option of selecting four different 9-week elective courses during the year.
I want my elective students to experience a range of modern, strategy board games!
Many of my students have never played a cooperative board game or a game with more strategy than luck. These students need the chance to experience the wealth of games available where they can have fun, at the same time as they push their thinking with challenging puzzles and strategy.
My students will be taking an elective class about modern strategy board games. Today's students are so often "plugged in" that these games will provide an opportunity for them to think, learn, laugh, and interact with their peers in ways they too seldom do currently. Students will learn to think and plan their strategy ahead, as well as experience cooperative board games which they may never have played before.
The selected games represent a wide range of multiplayer, modern, strategy board games that can be played in under 45 minutes.
Some games involve students negotiating with each other. Other games provide opportunities for planning strategy over multiple turns. In each of the selected games, luck is minimized which gives the students a great agency over the decision-making process. On top of all that, the selected games are FUN!
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