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[From Classes and Lectures by Laurie Block Spigel: Research + Writing = Board Game!]

Imagine if, at the end of a course of study, instead of facing the dreaded research report or lengthy exam, the test of your skill was whether or not your fellow classmates could play your game? This is actually a course in research, note-taking and writing, but the motivation that fuels the students has to do with the joys of game playing.

Each student selects a subject he or she wants to learn more about. Then they are encouraged to do hours of research outside of class (books, periodicals, libraries, internet, interviews, and other locations), as well as research in class, with the aim of making games from what they learn. All materials are provided including blank board game, dice, blank cards, pawns, markers and decorating materials. In the end, each child becomes an expert in their chosen subject and teaches it to the rest of the class. Final class is Game Day, and endless fun!

I have never seen kids work so hard and play so hard as they do in a board game class. Parents have told me that they had to pull their child away from the computer at 11 pm and force them to stop taking notes or writing fact cards for their game. Usually homework has the opposite effect! But children have the ultimate goal in mind: a game that their friends can play!

Game day is a thrilling event. When itís time to leave, kids realize that they only had enough time to play three or four games. They plan game day reunions, and more games to make. How I look forward to these!

Board Game Class, Spring 2013 (ages 11-13) Board Game Class, Fall 2012 (ages 8-10) Board Game Class, Fall 2012 (ages 11-14) The Board Game Class of 2009 The Board Game Class of 2008 The Board Game Class of 2006
See also the Photo Gallery, with more photos of Laurie's students' work.

Board Game Class, Spring 2013 (ages 11-13)
Making the Board Games Making the Board Games


Making the Board Games
Making the Board Games
Diseases and Cures
Diseases and Cures
Playing Diseases and Cures Playing Diseases and Cures
Playing Diseases and Cures

Playing Diseases and Cures
Do Penguins Have Knees?
Do Penguins Have Knees?
Playing Do Penguins Have Knees?

Playing Do Penguins Have Knees?
Feline Frenzy

Feline Frenzy
Frick Museum

Frick Museum
Horses
Horses
Playing Horses

Playing Horses
London, England

London, England
Playing London, England
Playing London, England
NYC Subways

NYC Subways
Orchids of Puerto Rico Orchids of Puerto Rico

Orchids of Puerto Rico
Playing Orchids of Puerto Rico

Playing Orchids of Puerto Rico
Road to the Olympics

Road to the Olympics
Playing Tallest Buildings of the World

Playing Tallest Buildings of the World
Trip to the Moon

Trip to the Moon
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Board Game Class, Fall 2012 (ages 8-10)
City Sights (NYC)
City Sights (NYC)
Gerbil-opoly
Gerbil-opoly
Happy Hamster Hobbies
Happy Hamster Hobbies
Over the Net (Volleyball)
Over the Net (Volleyball)
Play Ball (Baseball)
Play Ball (Baseball)
Protect the Pandas
Protect the Pandas
Tea with the Queen
Tea with the Queen
Tournament Soccer
Tournament Soccer
 
Playing City Sights & Happy Hamster Hobbies
Playing City Sights & Happy Hamster Hobbies
Playing Happy Hamster Hobbies
Playing Happy Hamster Hobbies

Playing Over the Net
Playing Over the Net
Playing Protect the Pandas

Playing Protect the Pandas
Playing Tea with the Queen
Playing Tea with the Queen
Playing Tournament Soccer
Playing Tournament Soccer
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Board Game Class, Fall 2012 (ages 11-14)
Board Games and their CreatorsBoard Games and their Creators

(from left to right)
Koby's History of Israel game (in progress);
Laurie;
Dan's Batman Game;
PJ's Nintendo Game;
NHL Game by Octavio;
Blake's Skateboarding Game;
(center bottom, reclining) Quintin's Brano: Songs of the '80s.
Songs of the '80s

Brano: Songs of the '80s
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The Board Game Class of 2009
The Boar' Game - Board game by Alexandra
The Boar! Game
board game by Alexandra Reydel
Chocolate - Board game by Jeffrey McFarland
Chocolate
board game by Jeffrey McFarland
The Global Warming Game - board game by Ayumu
The Global Warming Game
board game by Ayumu
Gold - Board game by Max Hamilton
Gold
board game by Max Hamilton
"It's a board game, but it won't make you bored of the game."
Greek Times - board game by Bianca Rhea
Greek Times
board game by Bianca Rhea
Horses of Courses! - board game by Katie Z.
Horses of Courses!
board game by Katie Z.
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Money - Board game by Roger
Money
board game by Roger
Sacagawea's Journey to the West - board game by Emma Wong
Sacagawea's Journey to the West
board game by Emma Wong
Siege - board game by Arielle Labinier
Siege
board game by Arielle Labinier
Vikings - Board game by Ines
Vikings
board game by Ines
Laurie with parents and students on Game Day

Laurie with parents and students on Game Day
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Chocolate in play
Chocolate in play
Gold in play
Gold in play
Vikings and Boar' in play
Vikings and The Boar! Game
in play
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The Board Game Class of 2008
Build It!
Build It!
(on robotics)
Civil War
Civil War
Darwin
Darwin
Horror House
Horror House
Horse Roundup
Horse Roundup
King Tut's Adventures
King Tut's Adventures
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Civil War in play
Civil War in play
Darwin in play
Darwin in play
 
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The Board Game Class of 2006
Board game designer at work
Board game designer at work
Laurie's Poetry and Board Game class, June 2006
Laurie's Poetry and Board Game class, June 2006
2006 board games in play  2006 board games in play
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