Groundhog Day Editable Board Game
Game boards are so fun to use in the classroom, and this one is even better because it is editable to fit your needs. It would be lots of fun for a party game, literacy center, or math activity.
The free printable game pack includes two game templates; one in color and the other in black and white. The last part of the printable is a recording sheet to go along with the groundhog-themed board games.
The editable game has 12 spots to type whatever you want into the table. Then the words pop up throughout the game board. It will put one word on each spot on every single square in the game, so words will be duplicated. It would make a great editable sight words game or practice CVC words, letters, numbers, or math facts.
Prep is Quick and Easy
This Groundhog Day activity is quick and easy to prep! Once you type in the words, letters, numbers, math problems, etc., that you want to add to the board, all you have to do is print and play!
If you want to create a variety of editable game boards to save yourself time down the road, it will only take a few minutes, and you will be set for the rest of the month, quarter, or year! You can create different board games for other skills and board games of the same skill, but at different levels to differentiate for your students.
Setting Up the Editable Groundhog Board Game
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- Editable Groundhog board game (button to get the game at the bottom of this post)
- Small manipulatives to use as game pieces like mini erasers, counters, pom poms, etc.
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Type in your unique 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. You can also laminate them.
- Gather dice and manipulatives
- Store in a large bag or colorful tray for easy access.
Playing the Groundhog Day Board Game
Students will roll the dice or number cube and move that number of spaces on the game board to play the game. They could also spin a spinner to determine how many spaces to move. When they land on a space, they will read the word, say the letter sound, solve the math problem, etc.
To use the game board with letters of the alphabet, you can have your students roll the dice and move to the correct space on the game board. When they land on a letter, have them say the name of the letter and the sound it makes. You could even have them tell you a word that begins with that sound.
This game board can be used for the middle-grade levels too! This would be an excellent way to practice multiplication and division facts for older students. You could even use this to practice vocabulary words for those older grades.
Using this game board for sight words, spelling words, color words, numbers, or math facts allows students to have fun learning and allows for variety instead of using flashcards for drill and practice.
There is a recording sheet for students to write down each space they land on for even more practice!
Differentiated Board Games
Since this is an editable board game, differentiation is made easy! You can reach all of your students at their level and create game boards that will help them work on the skills they need to practice most, all while giving each student the same game board.
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 activity with success independently. No answer key is needed for this resource.
Here are some ideas for differentiating with this Groundhog-theme board game:
- Students roll a dice, move that many spaces, land on a letter, and say its sound.
- Students will roll a dice and move to the space with the same number on it. (Can use 6-sided dice, 10-sided dice, or even ten-frame dice.)
- Students roll two dice, add the numbers together, and move to a space with that sum on it.
- Players will roll a cube with a letter written on each side and then move to space that matches the letter rolled.
- Students will roll a dice, move that many spaces, land on a word, and read it out loud.
- Players will roll a cube with blends or digraphs written on each side. Students roll the cube and move to a space with a word that includes that blend or digraph.
- On a cube, write 1 on two sides, 2 on two more sides, and 3 on the remaining two sides. Students roll a 1, 2, or a 3 and move to a word with that many syllables.
Grab your lesson plans and jot this idea in for February. All you need is a words list, and your students will be practicing in no time! It would be great for small groups, centers, or a whole class activity.
Click the button below to get the editable Groundhog board game. Happy learning!