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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Game Boards

Game boards are a simple way to for students to review for a test, a nine weeks test, a semester test, or an end-of-course exam. I prefer the larger boards, which need to be cut out and glued to poster board, but I have included a single sheet board as well. Also, I would laminate the boards so they can be used over and over. The purpose of the game is to land on the spots that have letters, answer the questions correctly, collect all the letter tokens, and win the game. Below are basic rules for playing HISTORY. Change the title and the rules to fit your subject area.

HISTORY – A Game for SOL Success


The purpose of this game, for 2-6 players, is to collect the letters that spell the word “HISTORY.” The first student who collects all the letters in the word “HISTORY’ wins the game and hopefully will be well prepared to take their United States History SOL Test.


1. Each person playing needs to select a game token to represent him or her on the game board. I used buttons for game tokens.

2. Roll the dice to see who goes first. You need two dice, which can be purchased at the dollar store.

3. All players begin in the start position and after rolling the dice move toward the H. After each player has one turn, all players can move in any direction after each roll of the dice in an effort to land on the letters.

4. The number shown on the dice tells the player how many spaces they can move.

5. Players must either answer a color-coded question or do what the board tells them to do. As long as players answer questions correctly, they can continue to roll the dice. Questions that have multiple answers allow students to move forward one space for each answer given. In order to roll again, the student must know all answers that are requested by the question. For example: List five reasons why …………. -- If the student gives three correct answers, the student moves ahead three spaces but does not roll again. If the student gives all five answers correctly, the student moves ahead five spaces and rolls again. All questions asked during each player’s turn must be read aloud by the player to his/her left. If the question is missed, this person gives the correct answer to the group.

6. See the board for categories that each color represents.

7. Letters to spell history can only be obtained at specifically marked spots on the board.

8. Letters (H I S T O R Y) can be obtained in any order with the exception of Y. The Y must be obtained last and the other players select the category to be answered.


Below you will find a basic game board design with several examples of how it has been developed for other subject areas.

History Game Boards and Tokens:
History Game Board large version
History Game Board small version
History Game Board Letter Tokens

Sample Game Board examples, the boards can be used for any topic:

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