Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales
Dianne de Las Casas
107 pages • 8½ x 11
Year Published: 2010
Ever-popular, board games can be an ideal teaching tool. In Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales, award-winning storyteller Dianne de Las Casas shows how it's done, allowing students to create their own board games with a unique method that integrates learning and fun.
With Stories on Board, students read and listen to popular folktales, analyze the structure of the story through story mapping, and then create a board game based on their analysis, engaging their aural, visual, and tactile skills. The lesson culminates in a Game Day in which the students play each other's games. The technique is a great way to introduce a unit on folktales, covering language arts and social studies.
This unique learning tool lets students read and listen to a popular folktale, analyze the structure through story mapping, and create a board game based on their analysis.
Gaming is a hot trend right now, with schools and libraries across the country holding regular game nights using both video and board games. This is no surprise given that board games have been played in most cultures and societies throughout history; some even predating literacy-skill development in the earliest civilizations.