Many students at my school come from literacy impoverished backgrounds. We are a Title I, high poverty school and 35% of our students receive English Language Learner support. In addition, 95% of the student population qualifies for free or reduced-rate lunch.
Students in my groups are at or below the twentieth percentile and are placed in literacy and math interventions to help them feel confident in their skills and to become more successful learners in their classrooms.
However, I would like to also support the approximately ten percent of our school's students at or above the 90 percentile.
The focus of this project is to engage those students who have scored at the 90th percentile or above on our universal math screener. I have selected games that were recommended as 'best educational' games or have been awarded parent choice awards.
Board and card games develop noncognitive skills such as patience and discipline while teaching children to think critically, problem-solve, and collaborate.
I have opted for games for specific age ranges to build financial literacy: Jeopardy (12+ years) and Monopoly Jr. (5-8 years).
The other games enrich math skills such as addition, subtraction, sequencing, and estimation. I have also looked for games that stretch across age ranges: Swamp Sum (Kindergarten+), The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game (Kindergarten+), Too Many Moneys (6+ years) Rat A Tat Tat (6-10 years), Money Bags and Taco vs. Burrito (7+ years), Sleeping Queens (8 years), and Zeus on the Loose (8+ years).
Along with providing math enrichment, my goal is that as our students learn to play the games, they will share their excitement with their families thus encouraging families to engage in board and card game activities at home.
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