Games That Have Free Lesson PlansMarch 5, 2020
Looking for some lesson plans to go along with games? Well, then you’re in luck! In this article, we look at some games that have free lesson plans on the internet that can be used alongside them.
Before There Were Stars | 3-6 Players | Ages 10+ | Smirk & Laughter Games
Description: Open this box, and join the storytellers of old. Before there were Stars… is a storytelling game where each player tells the mythic creation story of ‘their people.’ Featuring star-pipped dice that are rolled to form the ‘night sky,’ one scans the stars for constellations to use as keywords for the story. Inspired by Constellation cards, players craft tales about the creation of the world, the origins of civilization, the rise of their great hero, and an end of days.
- The official page of Before there Were Stars they have a free 4-page “Common Core Lesson Plan for ELA Grade 6-12” for download. Readers can find it here: https://www.smirkandlaughter.com/before-there-were-stars
Dimension | 1-4 Players | Ages 8+ | Thames & Kosmos
Description: Dimension is a fast-paced, innovative puzzle game that takes place in three dimensions with 60 colorful spheres. All of the players play at the same time. Everybody tries to position the spheres on their trays to earn as many points as possible. The task cards indicate how the spheres must be placed to earn points: for example, exactly two orange spheres must be on the tray, black and blue must touch each other, and blue must not touch white. Complete these tasks while racing against the timer. You get a point for each sphere you use and a bonus token for using all five colors, but you lose two points for each task card you don’t follow correctly. Prove to your opponents that you are the master of multi-dimensional thinking!
- A 3-page lesson plan for Dimension can be downloaded at https://www.thamesandkosmos.com/index.php/8-to-10/dimension
ImagiDice | 2-12 Players | Ages 4+ | Gigamic
Description: Imagidice features 12 dice with pictures from popular categories. You can use Imagidice as a conversation starter, a language learning tool, or for telling stories. You might even have some clever ideas we haven’t thought of for Imagidice! Imagidice are a great way to fuel your creativity and get people talking.
- Download the 88 page Education Guide (comes with 40 activities & worksheets) at https://en.gigamic.com/game/imagidice
Panic Lab | 2-10 Players | Ages 8+ | Gigamic
Description: Panic Lab is a terrific “brain burning” challenge. Dice are rolled to tell you which amoeba you are looking for and which lab they escaped from. That sounds easy, but they mutate and escape through the air vents. Can you match the correct amoeba before your opponents?
- Panic Lab has a 10-page downloadable educative packet you can download at https://en.gigamic.com/game/panic-lab
Pylos | 2 Players | Ages 8+ | Gigamic
Description: Simple rules, quick rounds and rather subtle tactics: Pylos is one of the strangest yet most beautiful abstract games on the market today, and winner of several “Game of the Year” awards around the world. The object is to save your marbles so that you can be the one to place a marble at the very top of the pyramid. Pylos is irresistibly attractive as both a game and a decorative object.
- Pylos has a 10-page downloadable educative packet you can download at https://en.gigamic.com/game/pylos
You can read our review of Pylos by clicking here.
Quarto | 2 Players | Ages 8+ | Gigamic
Description: Each of the 16 pieces has 4 different attributes. The aim is to line up 4 pieces which share the same attribute. The problem is you can’t choose which piece you’re going to play your opponent chooses for you.
- Quarto has a 6-page downloadable educative packet you can download at https://en.gigamic.com/game/quarto-classic
You can read our review of Quarto by clicking here.
Quixo | 2 or 4 Players | Ages 8+ | Gigamic
Description: Quixo is a simple but not simplistic game, whose rules can be learned in just thirty seconds. Anyone can play! Line up 5 cubes in a row, pushing your lines of cubes horizontally or vertically. This is one of the few strategic games that can be played by 2 or 4 players (in teams).
- Quixo has an 11-page downloadable educative packet you can download at https://en.gigamic.com/game/quixo
You can read our review of Quixo by clicking here.
Quoridor | 2 or 4 Players | Ages 8+ | Gigamic
Description: Quoridor is a must among strategy games. Its rules are amazingly simple: just make it through the labyrinths your opponent creates to get to the other side. This game requires strategy and quick thinking for two players and offers a load of fun for four… Both occasional and expert players from around the world recognize the fun and exceptional strategic aspects of Quoridor.
- Quoridor has a12-page downloadable educative packet you can download at https://en.gigamic.com/game/quoridor
Ubongo | 1-4 Players | Ages 8+ | Thames & Kosmos
Description: Ubongo is a fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn geometric puzzle game. Players race against the timer and against each other to solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes. The faster you solve the puzzle, the more gems you get. The player with the most valuable gem treasure after nine rounds of solving puzzles wins!
A 3-page lesson plan can be found here: https://www.thamesandkosmos.com/index.php/8-to-10/ubongo
Before closing this article, we like to note – while not a specific game itself, logic puzzle and board game publisher, ThinkFun, has a great section for teachers that include downloadable free games and game suggestions to use with Math Dice. These can be found at https://www.thinkfun.com/teachers/
Finally, while not an official lesson plan, if you saw our lead-in picture and wanted to get a Scrabble lesson plan here is one that can be found on Education World for free.