Playing games in class are FUN and ENGAGING. It can be tough to make fun/engaging activities all the time because of the amount of prep work and planning it can take, not to mention the time it takes to brainstorm activities! One area I struggle to make fun and engaging are going over practice tests during class. Mainly because the easiest way to make sure every student sees/hears every type of problem is for me to stand at the front of the room and work out each problem and for them to check their work. It’s nice to have students work them out and explain their answers to the class, but my OCD self has trouble letting go sometimes!
It’s called Sunken Treasure and I found it on The Computer Lab Teacher’s site. There are several other pretty awesome games on that site as well. My students love using the large dry erase boards. It gives them plenty of room for each person to work their part out and it’s just different! The game is pretty simple, but instructions are included:
My classes are already divided into groups, so that saved some time. There are several different versions of the board, that way you can play multiple times and the students won’t remember where the treasure is at:
I had my students use the large dry erase boards to put questions/answers. I let every group answer each time. Every group that got a question correct, got to reveal a number to try to find the treasure:
They had fun + I had fun = success. Of course there were several students who did not do the homework, therefore had a tough time participating. So I gave them a few minutes to work some problems before we got started with the game and also reminded them to use their time wisely by continuing working on the problems as other groups are guessing where the treasure is located.
I’ve used other games similar to this one (racing, horses, boats, etc…) but haven’t used one of these games in a while. I was reminded of how awesome it is to have a game that does not require any planning ahead of time! :) It was a huge time saver for sure.