Free fun ways to build background knowledge and prepare for assessments using games. Standardized test use tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary concepts to assess students exposure to academic content. Students need a deeper understanding of literary elements, text features, figurative language, syntopical reading and rhetorical thinking. Games have been used for thousands of years to teach critical thinking, novel games facilitate faster learning of difficult concepts. The best test prep for Reading, ELA, and Writing is repeated exposure to “test prep vocabulary” in the form of engaging games. Sean Taylor The Dyslexic Reading Teacher
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Power Words 4th Grade Reading Vocabulary
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Exploring The Legendary Lands
- 8 Character Sheets
- 4 Map Sections
- 12 ELA Reading Knowledge Game Cards
- 6 Money Sheets
- 1 Small Sky Library Poster
- 1 Small Sky Pirate Poster
- 2 Civilization Sheets
- 1 Conveyance Voucher Sheet
- 1 Front and Back Game Cover
The board consists of 18 mythical and legendary lands with an ocean at its center. Some lands are named and others are to be named by the new explorers of “The legendary Lands”. The lands have a numerical value of 5 florins to 100 florins based on strategic locations and previous development. The value of the land is used to determine taxes paid to players at the end of game rounds. As the game progresses, players use florins to build, Railway Spurs, Sky Ships, Train Stations, Aerodromes, Universities, Sky Villages, Libraries, Sea Ports, Governments, and Sky Libraries or … use your imagination. Each player begins the game with 250 florins, one randomly selected conveyance ticket, 1 professor, and 4 students on any 5 florin land.
The basic objective of The Legendary Lands is to be the first scholar who builds a Sky Library or Two Universities.
The game can be played like a RISK style territory conquering game or a European Tile | exploration and development game.
- Grade k-3 | 300+ Sight Words & 60+ Primary ELA Reading Concepts Covered
- Grade 4-6 | 130+ Intermediate ELA Reading Concepts Covered
- Grade 7-9 | 90+ Advanced ELA Reading Concepts & 60+ Poetry, Greek and Latin Affixes and Roots Concepts Covered
- Tier 2 and 3 Academic Vocabulary Development
- Drawing Conclusions
- Compare and Contrast
- Author’s Purpose
- Fact and Opinion
- Main Idea
- Figurative Language
- Text Features
- Literary Elements
- Elements of Writing
- Grammar and Conventions
- Elements of Poetry
- Greek and Latin Affixes and Roots
- Sample of CCSS ELA Cards
"The Legendary Lands" Steampunk Airship Board Game and Literary Adventure Game!
In this RISK style “word domination game“ Steampunk board game of reading comprehension and reading strategies you are battling to conquer the world of literacy, writing elements, plot, text structures, literary elements, poetry and academic vocabulary. To win, you must launch daring adventures, assemble teams of scholars, resolve the quest set before you, build floating sky fortresses of learning (Sky Libraries), seek knowledge on all fronts, and sweep across vast literary lands with boldness and cunning. But remember, the dangers, as well as the rewards, are high. Just when the world of knowledge is within your grasp, your antagonist opponent might strike and take it all away!
The game was designed to easily teach complex concepts like tier 2 and tier 3 academic vocabularies in a fun and novel way!
PDF Samples of Basic Game
How to Play The Legendary Lands
Sample Vocabulary ELA Two
Sample Vocabulary ELA Three
Sample Vocabulary Game Cards ELA CCSS ELA Grade 1-2
Sample Vocabulary Game Cards ELA CCSS ELA Grade 3-4
Sample Vocabulary Game Cards ELA CCSS ELA Grade 3-4
Sample Vocabulary Game Cards ELA CCSS ELA Grade 4-5
Science Vocabulary Game Cards I
Science Vocabulary Game Cards II
Science Vocabulary Game Cards III
Science Vocabulary Game Cards IV
Map Section ONE
Map Section TWO
Map Section THREE
Map Section FOUR
Game Money One
Game Money Two
Game Money Three
Game Money Four
Game Money Five
Game Money Six
Conveyance Tickets | Vouchers
Legendary Lands Game Cover
Sky Library Poster Small
Dragons and Airships
Mr. Taylor the Sky Pirate
The Autistic Dragon
Knowledge of key academic concepts is imperative for success on standardized test.
Civilization Cards Are Used
For Ongoing Simulations
- The Game can be played as an ongoing simulation with teams or individuals working towards literary goals. Graduating with a diploma[s] from different colleges or building their own University.
- The game can be played similarly to classic risk with the roll of the dice determining the outcome.
- The game can played using the student’s knowledge of tier 2 and 3 academic vocabulary, math facts, quick math problems, reading comprehensions passages, or math terms to determine the outcome.
- The students can invent their own plot ideas, Miss Red R Hood is captured and must be rescued, Queen Eleanor is besieged by Mr. Wolf in the Aquitaine Castle.
- Students can use the Board | Map and Characters and make up their own rule.
- The game is a great teaching tool for all forms of creative writing.
The Game can be played using modified Risk rules, as a teaching aide and or simulation, replacing the dice rolls with the students knowledge to determine the outcome.
The Set Up | Cooperative Learning Groups
1| The objective of the game is to conquer the world of knowledge by educating all the countries on the board. You do this by winning territory by engaging other players in a academic debates of knowledge.
2 | The Legendary Land basis set comes with a printable game board, a set of academic game cards, and various printable game tokens.
- The Legendary Lands can be played with different kinds of tokens, denoting size of the scholar group. Each game should have scholar tokens (e.g. glass gems, pennies, buttons) (which represents 1 scholar “50 florin” ), Library (5 scholars, “250 Gold Florin”), University (10 scholars, “500 Gold Florin ”) and The Sky Library (100 scholars, “5000 Gold Florin ”).
- The player that rolls the highest value will choose an open territory and place one soldier in it. Moving clock-wise, each player will select an open territory until all territories are occupied. Once players have claimed all the territories on the board, players place their remaining armies onto territories they already claim in any order they choose.
1| The three phrases to a turn: getting and placing new scholars, debating, and building or fortifying. This section will focus on how new scholars are assigned at the beginning of each turn and how a player can place them.
3 | Get your new scholars at the beginning of each turn. At the beginning of each turn, players receive more scholars. The number of scholars is determined by: The number of territories you control. For every country with at least three unopposed scholars, the player gets one new scholar or 50 Gold Florin.
- Turning in knowledge cards. Cards can be turned in when you have a set of five cards For the first set of cards you turn in, you receive 2 scholars; 4 for the second; 6 for the third; 8 for the fourth; 10 for the fifth; 12 for the sixth; and for every additional set thereafter, 5 more armies than the previous set turned in. If you have 5 or more knowledge cards at the beginning of a turn, you must turn at least one set of them in.
- If, during the beginning of your turn, you turned in a set of cards with a territory that you owned, you receive two extra infantrymen. You must place those infantrymen on the territory specified by the card.
2 | Debate any number of times from any one of your territories to any adjacent territory. You may debate with the same territory more than once, or you may debate with different territories.
- Understand that debating with opposing scholars is optional. A player may decide not to debate at all during a turn, only deploying scholars.
- Declare who you want to debate. Declare your intentions out loud.
- Remove one of your scholars from the invaded territory if the die is higher or equal to its corresponding die.
- Remove one of your opponent’s pieces from the defending territory if the rolled die is higher to its corresponding die.
5 | If, at the end of your debating turn, you've conquered at least one territory, redeem a treasure card. You cannot redeem more than one treasure card during a turn. If, however, you manage to wipe out an opposite entirely by outwitting his or her last scholar, you gain possession of all the treasure cards he or she may have had in their hands.
1 | Understand that you cannot move scholars around until your next debating turn. To keep your territories safe from debates during your opponents' debating phases, it's an important strategy to move around scholars before ending your turn.
2 | Move scholars to different territories at the end of your turn. There are two rules on how you can do this:
- Standard Rule: Move any number of scholars from a single territory into an adjacent territory occupied by you.
- Conveyance Rule: You can move pieces anywhere, as long as the starting point and destination can be reached by going through a string of adjacent territories under your control. Movement by railway anywhere there is a spur is accomplished with railway tickets or owning a locomotive and the rule above does not apply. You may travel to any Territory if the starting point and the destination point have an Air Ship station and you own an airship or have a conveyance ticket.
1 | Have fun, find allies, make friends, learn new vocabulary and create your own rules and plot ideas!
Rescue Red Initial Set Up
|Lady Alice Amelia Wonderland|
You and your students can make Steampunk characters or use literary characters like Alice in Wonderland.
- Lady Alice Amelia Wonderland | Airship Designer and Captain
- Lord Jack “The Bean” Quick | Steampunk Mechanic and Engineer
- Mr. Wolf | Sky Pirate
- Miss Red R. Hood | Wolf Hunter, Geographer and Cartographer
- Mr. P. N. Boots | Ships Captain Retired
- Kate "Bonny Lass" Crackernuts | Restaurateur, Airship Caterer and Chef
- Baron Von Rum Pelstiltskin | Time Bandit and Part Time Gold Weaver
- Mr. Harry "Mad" Hatter | Tea Monger and Clockwork Engineer
- Count Harry Beast | Barrister of Enchantments and Curses
When a player is ending his/her turn they should:
|Steampunk Airship | Steampunk Sky Pirates|
B. minimum of one scholar must remain on a Territory at all times to show who is in possession of that territory.
Time Bandits, Sky Pirates, Sea Pirates Probability Charts
Legendary Lands Conveyance
Lose half your scholars
Sky Pirates, Time Bandits, Sea Pirates
Lose half your money or lose 2 turns
Roll 3 or higher
Roll a Six
3 Atlantis Miles
Roll 4 or higher
6 Atlantis Miles
Roll a Six
Scenario Three | Third Plot | Building a Sky Library
|Steampunk Airship | Steampunk Sky Library|
A Sample of the new vocabulary flash cards that can be used with any board game or "The Legendary Lands". The student reads the definition or the term and provides the correct answer to move or advance in the game. The can be used with Hot Dots!
Each set of grade level game cards covers three years of tier 2 and tier 3 academic vocabulary and CCSS ELA concepts.
- Grades 1-2-3 80 Reading ELA Game Cards
- Grades 3-4 120 Reading ELA Game Cards
- Grades 5-6 120 Reading ELA Game Cards
- Middle School 120 Reading ELA Game Cards
- High School 120 Reading ELA Game Cards
|New CCSS ELA vocabulary game cards sets!|
Students can use standards based reading passages from released test but this slows down the play.
Sample Reading Passages
If answered correctly Move 6 or win the Battle
- A solar cell generates electricity using heat.
- The term "photovoltaic" comes from the Italian meaning "light"
- A photo-voltaic cell works without an outside power source.
|Learning the CCSS ELA the Fun Way!|
- Saturn is the largest planet in the solar system and has nine large rings.
- Saturn is named after the Greek god Saturn.
- Titan, Saturn’s moon is larger than all others moons in the solar system except one.
The Steampunk Cosplay Photos are from Wiki Creative Commons or Flicker Creative Commons!
The majority of the photos are from an Amazing Photographer that is a photo journalist for the London cosplay, theatrical, alternate performance artist scene in London. https://www.flickr.com/photos/soul_stealer/
Game Cards "The Legendary Lands"
Dedicated to all the reading teachers and parents that help students acquire the great skill of reading. Sean
Use the Game Boards with dice or the Game Cards!
Snakes and Ladders Board Game
Sorry or Parcheesi Type Board Game
Kindergarten | Primer: all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, yes
1st Grade: after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, giving, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put, round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, when
2nd Grade: always, around, because, been, before, best, both, buy, call, cold, does, don't, fast, first, five, found, gave, goes, green, its, made, many, off, or, pull, read, right, sing, sit, sleep, tell, their, these, those, upon, us, use, very, wash, which, why, wish, work, would, write, your
3rd Grade: about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, done, draw, drink, eight, fall, far, full, got, grow, hold, hot, hurt, if, keep, kind, laugh, light, long, much, myself, never, only, own, pick, seven, shall, show, six, small, start, ten, today, together, try, warm
More Academic Vocabulary Games
Each turn, a player draws an academic vocabulary card and shows the definition to the other players. The player must give an example or definition to keep the card and continue playing. The player gets to keep every card they can define. If a player cannot give a correct answer they place the card at the bottom of the deck and forfeit their turn. At any time during a player's turn, the player is faced with two options:
Option one, draw the next card and give a correct definition and keep playing piggy piggy piggy.
Option two, pass on the card, and the next player must give the definition or lose all their points!
The first player to score 100 wins!
Academic Vocabulary Parcheesi is played with one deck of academic vocabulary cards (25-30) cards and the goal of the game is to move each of one's pieces home to the center space.
Each player selects four pieces of the same color and places them in their "nest," or starting area. The game board should be positioned so that each player's nest is to his right. Pieces enter play onto the darkened space to the left of the nest and continue counter-clockwise around the board to the home path directly in front of the player.
Yes / No Phonics and Word Game
The Idea behind the Yes No Phonics and Word game is to help students use auditory discrimination to build phonemic awareness by quickly answering Yes No questions. Turn any word list or set of flash cards into a fast fun phonics game. YES / NO Short and long vowels, consonant blends, beginning sounds, ending sounds, syllables, silent e, and so much more.
Does the word end in a vowel? Yes/No
Does the word begin with a letter____? Yes/No
Does the word end with a consonant? Yes/No
Does the word luck have a ck like the word truck? Yes/No
Does the word read have ea like tea? Yes/No
Does bat, fat, cat, rat, hat, mat, and sat end with et? Yes/No
Does ice have a long I sound? Yes/ No
Does cat have a long a sound? Yes/No
Does the word ship start with ch? Yes/No
Does the word hand end with ng? Yes/No
Does the word slide start with st? Yes/No
Please share your favorite reading and phonics games!