Yesterday, I shared my new Practice = Progress tub that I'm rolling out after winter break to get to those kiddos who are still needing practice with standards we've already covered this year. I love the scrapbooking project bins from Michael's for these, because they are a great size and I can keep everything I need organized and in the same space. The giveaway ends tonight at midnight- stop by that post for great odds to win the resources in that tub!
Well I found an even slimmer bin and I had the idea of using it as game board storage system to use with all the task cards I've gathered and created over the last year on various skills.
There are lots of options that might work for you and your classroom as well, so I thought I'd share how I put mine together and give you some ideas on how you can replicate it in your room!
Like I said, this container/tub/bin/ thinger is from Michaels. I guess they call it a case on the website. And I got it on sale... score! It fits normal copy paper size (but it isn't tight). Here, I store all of my game boards I made in the bottom half. I put them in plastic sleeves so I can save on laminating. I remember reading our staff handbook one year and our principal wrote a comment about how lamination sits around in landfills for over 100 years; followed by the statement, "Is this really something I want to last that long?" So now, I try to find alternatives to lamination because a) no, I don't want this stuff for 100 years, b) I don't have the patiences to wait to get things laminated and refuse to spend more money on my own personal laminator c) I don't want to get yelled at at school for laminating too much
On the lid, I have plastic hooks for the player markers. These will be laminated though (they're small). Yes, they sometimes fall off when I close the lid, but when I open it and place them back on the hooks, I can see if we are missing a set. I also have some task cards in here (more on that later).
 Game Boards
Game boards are easy and fun to make! I have so much clip art, especially from Creative Clips where theses circles are from, to allow me to make a variety of boards. I have some very basic ones to very elaborate ones. I'm all about choices! This way, students can choose one that interests them or I can guide others towards boards that I think are best suited for them. I wanted boards though that were pretty self explanatory to students. I will slip in an index card into the back of the sleeve to explain any special spaces if necessary.
|Pond Clip Art from Teacher's Gumbo; Mouse Clip Art from Graphics from the Pond; Dinosaur and Bubble Gum from Creative Clips.|
I used some of my other favorite clip art from other talented artists from TpT to make "themed" game boards too.
 Player Pieces/Markers
|I have a sleeve on top of the lid too for students to slip their game board in and play on top of the case.|
 Cards and How to Play
Grab some task cards and a dice and you are ready to roll! One player starts and picks a card from the pile of task cards (face down). They read and answer (either verbally or write it down on a personal whiteboard). If the other players agree they are correct, they roll the dice and move that many spaces. If they are wrong, they don't get to move. Next person's turn! Simple!
And you can give choice to which task cards they use or assign them. I made these above task cards to fit our first MN Math standard for Number and Operations. There are 5 benchmarks in this standard, so I color coded each standard and labeled it to help keep them organized. But I'll also use other task cards I've bought on TpT and continue to make others to fit my students' needs. To keep them engaged and save on paper for recording pages (and the fact that I stink at keeping up with copies), these game boards are a great solution. Not to mention, you can use task cards that cover a range of content areas and students can focus on the content and not on how to play since they will be familiar with the game boards.
I'm excited to get these rolling for early finishers and for practicing those skills we haven't quite mastered yet! If you make your own game board storage system, I'd love to see it!