File folder games make learning fun! I recently had the privilege to review two hands-on A La Carte products from Home School in the Woods – Name That State and Get Your Kicks on Route 66.
What better way to get familiar with U.S. states and capitals than with a file folder game! The Name That State game is designed to help students recognize the states and match information to each state. The game cards provide the state name, capital city, as well as the date of admittance to the Union and region. Extra lines are provided on each game card, should you wish to add additional information, such as state symbols or motto. Name That State offers three game boards. One game board contains states with names. The second game board contains states with abbreviations. The third game board contains states that are blank. You will need to determine which game board you wish to play before you begin printing. You will need to print the game board on white paper and the game cards on colored stock paper. Your student will then be able to color the game board and paste the pages, facing each other, to each side of the file folder. Cut out the game cards and place them in a pile with the states facing up in the box located in the Gulf of Mexico. Using a hole punch, punch several dots, giving each player a pile, these are the markers. Name That State is for multiple players. Determine the order of players and follow the directions for play.
Get Your Kicks on Route 66 is a file folder game about the Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. This file folder game uses game cards that focus on a variety of information and facts about the era that stretched across 70 years of American history. The game board follows Route 66 – an historic highway that spanned from Chicago to Los Angeles. It may take students a couple times to go though the game cards before the information sinks in; but if you start with a sub-set of the game cards and add in more game cards as students remember the information, you will see repetition helps the information to stick. Have fun traveling the road while answering questions from one of the most transformative periods in history! You will need to print the game board and the markers on white paper and the game cards on colored stock paper. Your student will be able to color the game board and paste the pages, facing each other, to each side of the file folder. Your student will also be able to color, cut and paste the markers. Cut out the game cards and place them in a pile in the box located Question Cards. Get Your Kicks on Route 66 is for two to six players. Determine the order of players and follow the directions for play.
File folder games are a great way to review information you’ve learned or perhaps learn a few new facts! Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about these two file folder games, as well as other A La Carte products from Home School in the Woods.