New review board game, what do you think?

Gaz has just come up with this really great board game that you can print once and then use to review dozens of different themes.

1. Put piles of any mini cards you want to review on the red, blue, green and yellow squares of the “card sheet.”

2. Then when you land on one of the coloured squares on the game board you have to pick a card from the card sheet and say what’s on the card or make a sentence from it.

This way you can mix themes and you only need one game sheet.

Here’s the card sheet:

And the board sheet (just play this like snakes and ladders)

I think it’s a brilliant idea, what do you think?

Richard Graham

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18 Responses to “New review board game, what do you think?”

  1. Glenn

    I like the snakes and ladders games and I’ve used a few in my classes, but I’ve never had anyone reach 100. Would it be possible to make some that only go to 50 or so? I usually don’t want to spend more than 10-15 minutes on it at the most, and the kids sometimes get a bit discouraged that they never even get close to the goal (especially special needs classes where I use them a bit more often).

  2. richard

    Hi Glenn,

    The “islands worksheets” have less squares, but one tip for snakes and ladders is to say that today is “double play”, where each number on the dice is doubled. When you get near the time limit you can also shout out “triple play!” to get them even more excited!

  3. Gumby

    Brilliant. Simple and easily adaptable. Richard I also love your double/triple play idea. I will be printing and laminating this game as soon as I can!

  4. gaz

    The game sheet isn’t finished yet so don’t print it out at the moment.

  5. Jan

    I agree with Gumby (you took the words out of my mouth)! This will really get them talking. Your creative minds are impressive, and quick – double/triple play – heaps of fun! I wish I was as quick on my feet 🙂

  6. Nena

    I love this!
    I have a similar game that I use for Easter because the board is egg shaped…but this much better! Thanks!
    Nena

  7. lorraine

    Great idea!
    I will use it with my small groups.
    Very practical idea…
    Thank Richard and Gaz, keep the new ideas coming.
    Lorraine

  8. lorraine

    It s a great idea to comment and win a CD.
    They are a valuable resource… teachers and students are crazy about them. Especially little ones.
    I use your material in a multi-media EFL learning center.
    With regular learners it’s great as part of a lesson.
    With the weaker kids (special needs, ADHD) we can go on all day.
    I really get the whole class involved very easily, by using your memory games when they turn over two cards on a big screen. Not every CD has this option for this game.
    Thanks for all your great work!
    Lorraine

  9. Liza

    Great stuff. I’m finished teaching for the summer, but will start laminating in preparation for September.

    Ditto Gumby and Jan.

  10. Katya

    Thanks a lot.
    I like the idea! My kids loved all differnt Snakes and Ladders , but this game gives me so many options. I wish I can print all the mini card in color to use with this game. I have a small problem with mini cards. I have to save in them first in pdf to be printed in color and not all of them are available in that format.
    I will start lessons in two weeks and see how it works.

  11. Gudrun

    YES!!! Thanks a million Gaz and Richard!!!
    Remember I asked for shorter Snakes and Ladders for my smaller kids and groups. Well, this is it! I cut the S&L sheet at 30 or 40 and that way have shorter versions of the games. And the best part, I can have them recap anything I want! Soooooooo coooool! Thank you, thank you!

    Another question: when will the program be ready for iPad? Or at least some of the games? Pretty please!

  12. Dawn

    I really think this is a lovely idea and the double day would be enjoyed by the kids. Cutting the board was the way I was going to go too and yes Thank you thank you all who contribute!

  13. Zeb-un-Nisa

    Dear Richard
    It is almost a year with Genki English.It has been a pleasant experience that is quite helpful and beneficial. You have made teachers’ life easier.The current game seems quite interesting in a way it will add colour to classroom and students will enjoy sentence formation and reading.
    Regards
    Zeb-un-Nisa

  14. Ruth

    FANTASTIC. I’m an avid collector of board games as they are just perfect with absolutely all age groups. They are however usually focusing on just one grammar point, obviously, so that you can practice it and also aimed at different levels. My “board game” file is getting huge and I am losing track of what is in there.

    This is great as it covers anything that is taught in any lesson and you vary it according to the kids level… words or sentences. Not to mention the fact that most of the mini cards have already been printed…. I love it and the comments on how to make the game shorter if time runs out are particularly useful, especially the double day idea. THANKS so much!

  15. Siv

    HI
    I like the idea
    I’ll use it right away

  16. mae

    Hi Richard!
    I’ve been searching for something like this with which to synthesize the various lessons and structures learned from Lesson 1. Brilliant idea, Richard! Just what I need! Thanks! mae

  17. Martin Wenzel

    I never though of doing that DOUBLE or TRIPLE PLAY, great idea…usually when I make snakes and ladders on the board it doesn’t have 100 spaces so it usually goes fast enough, especially since we play it just as a reward for answering a question or winning a different game. I’ve been playing a TON of the one card games with my classes…I think I’ll need to print this out. Really nice because it is completely customizable…I can even use the flashcards from our main curriculum!!!

  18. Tonya

    I absolutely love genki English! I am a newly qualified teacher qualified teacher with a very limited budget but I try to implement your wonderful advice and ideas where possible. I love how genki encourages students to move around and interact with the new vocabulary they are learning. Genki makes learning a new language an exciting, motivating and encouraging experience for students and teachers.

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