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Spring break and summer are quickly approaching, and that means you might be running out of ideas to keep your students engaged. Below, I’ve created several free board game book report templates that you can turn into math activities, plus a bonus free printable book report overview template!
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Blank templates are a great starting point and give students an advantage while allowing them to be creative in their own designs. I have seven single-page board game templates plus one giant board (four pages put together) that you can print as needed. Some are colorful, some are black and white, but all are blank and ready for your creative design!
I recommend printing your game board(s) on card stock and laminating them to make sure they last as long as possible. Read a book as a class, have each student or group of students create a game board that pairs with locations and characters in the book, then let the games begin!
How Do I Use the Free Blank Game Board Templates?
Simply print one or all the game board templates for your students’ book reports, and let the students choose which game board they want to design on! Make sure they include in their game board design:
- Monetary Amounts or Relevant Numbers
- Game Title
- Students’ Names
PRINT HERE –> Blank Game Board Templates PDF
Types of Math Games to Use with Game Board Templates:
- Strategy Games
- Adding / Subtracting Games
- Multiplication Games
- Money Games
- Fraction / Decimal Games
Ideas on How to Create Math Activities from Children’s Books:
There are many ways to create math games from children's books. Students can choose to utilize one portion of the book and turn it into a game. For example, if the main character goes to the grocery store for his mother, students can choose to create a grocery-themed game. Or they can turn the entire plot into a creative game. If the book follows an adventurous journey, the creative game can feature locations on the journey with the goal of reaching the final destination from the book.
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FREE BONUS PRINTABLE:
If you need a shorter “book report” worksheet-style template, then this “My Favorite Book” worksheet is just what you need! It’s perfect for any age from kindergarten through 5th grade. Students fill in each of the blanks on one side, and then draw and color a scene from the book on the blank side of the “book”!
These make great classroom assignments to line on your door, art wall or school hallway!
PRINT HERE: My Favorite Book Worksheet