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Sunday, February 23 • 8:00am - 8:45am
Utilizing Games as a Means to Provide Challenge

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My main goals for my students are to reinforce the concepts of embracing a challenge, not to be afraid to make mistakes, to apply effort, and be willing to try new strategies until success is met. With this in mind, I created a game theme whereby students alter existing games to reflect topics being studied in class.
An example of one way an existing game was adapted to fit the Colonial unit for 5th graders: The Clue board was transformed into a Colonial times village, each shop (instead of mansion rooms) researched in order for students to reproduce detailed shops of the period, each game piece researched to match with the clothes of the period, each weapon card researched to reflect tools used then and a set of question cards created to cover all the unanswered questions students had about this period. Another adaptation involved the game Splendor. Students created math problems, and every time a player wanted to purchase a gem he first needed to pick a math problem card and correctly answer it. I can give many, many examples of how students adapted existing games to reflect their vocabulary, social studies and math curriculums from grades 3-5. Turned out to be a very successful theme!


Dr. Elizabeth Glass

Educational Psychologist, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy
Elizabeth Kotler Glass, Ed. D. Is an educational psychologist loving her role as a gifted coordinator at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. Each year she has the privilege and freedom to create new opportunities for her students in order to impress upon them the importance of pursuing... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am PST