Fall Four in a Row Game
This fall-themed four in a row board game is an exciting way for students to practice a variety of key skills during math or literacy lessons or centers.
This game is editable, making it easy for you to differentiate the skill and level of difficulty. This game will help you serve your students where they are at developmentally.
The editable board game template is very easy for you to use too. All you have to do is type anything into the list on the first page of the editable template.
Type in the words, letters, phonics skills, numbers, or math equations you want your students to practice. All of the spaces on the four in a row game board will auto-populate.
You can use this game to review any subject. You can work on any type of word, such as sight words, CVC words, spelling words, or vocabulary words. Additionally, this can be used to practice letters and sounds, number sense, math facts, and so much more! This editable fall board game can be used with multiple grade levels as well.
As students complete the task in each space, they will use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to strategize the spaces they need to get 4 in a row, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. This game is loaded with fun and learning opportunities.
Done For You Prep
Prepping this fall four in a row board game is so easy, most of it is done for you! After you type in the words, letters, numbers, math problems, phonics skill, etc., that you want to add to the board, all you have to do is click print and you are ready to play!
You can even save time and plan ahead by creating several different game boards at once. Just be sure to save them with a different file name so you know which is which. In just a few minutes, you can be set for the rest of the season! You can create different board games for different skills and board games of the same skill, but at different levels to differentiate for your students.
This four in a row game printable also comes in color AND black and white so you can use it even if you don’t have access to color printing.
Store your game boards in labeled file folders so that you can easily access the skill and level you need throughout the year.
Differentiating With Fall Four In A Row
Since this is an editable board game, differentiation is simple! As mentioned, you can create game boards that will reach all of your students at their level and that that will help them work on the skills they need to practice most. All students can be working on the same skill, but at a different level. You can incorporate these game boards into your leveled small groups.
Another great benefit is that you’ll only need to teach them how to use the game board once and then they will be set to use the game board with any skill with success independently.
Here are some ideas for differentiating with this Fall Four in a Row board game. Use as a:
- Partner game where players take turns.
- Literacy center game.
- Independent player game.
- Take-home game.
You can also differentiate the types of markers used on the game board, such as mini-erasers, pom-poms, clear game markers, manipulatives, bingo dabbers, etc. (If using bingo dabbers, you will not be able to reuse the board).
Setting Up the Editable Fall Board Game
- The Fall Four in a Row Printable (button to download at the bottom of this post)
- Mini erasers, counting chips, buttons, snap cubes, or any other small manipulatives.
- Write and wipe pockets or a laminator and lamination sheets.
- Type in letters, numbers, sight words, spelling words, math facts, or anything else into the first page of the PDF file.
- Print the game board and slide into write and wipe pockets for durability OR laminate them.
That’s it! The game is ready for your students to use again and again!
Playing the Four In A Row Game
This game is very easy for students to catch on to and learn how to play. If they have played Connect 4 before, it is even easier for them to understand.
Students will take turns picking a space on the mat and reading the word, answering the math fact, saying the sound the letter makes, etc. Then, they will cover that space with a manipulative. The object of the game is for the students to get 4 spaces in a row filled, either in a row vertically, horizontally, or in a diagonal line.
The first player to successfully get 4 spaces in a row filled first is the winner. They may clear their game board and play again or switch partners or skills!
Students will not only practice key skills, but they will use critical thinking skills to discover and execute their strategy to get four spaces in a row covered while also blocking their opponent from getting four in a row before they do. This is a great way to practice strategic thinking and cause and effect scenarios. The players must be thinking ahead as the game is played!
I hope this editable four in a row board game is a hit in your classroom this fall! You can even get creative and use this during your fall fun centers or as a social-emotional or getting to know you game! If you come up with a new skill or idea to use with this game board, share it with me!
Click the button below to get the FREE editable fall four in a row board game. Happy Fall!