I've dabbled with incorporating bits and pieces of an RPG before. During a math review lesson, the students fought a Cave Troll by answering questions correctly. It was a lot of fun, and it was neat seeing the children doing their best to answer questions clearly and completely to ensure they hit the troll.
I have 4 sections of a grid-board that my buddies and I use to play D&D. They are magnetic and dry-erase. Each one is 20 inches X 20 inches. I envision using these in multiple ways.
When we play D&D, the Dungeon Master of the session must set the scene. The DM creates an engaging story-line full of NPCs (Non-Player Characters), a detailed setting, and a clear plot. What if the students were tasked with creating a story-line for something similar? Then, other children can explore that story-line or setting. I imagine this will help children to be very clear on details of the scenes in order to be able to explain it to the players .
Action Review Game:
Just as we did with the Cave Troll, I plan to have children defeat monsters with review questions. The beauty of this strategy is that it can fit any content area.
- Since the boards are a grid, they can easily be utilized to review area/perimeter of rectangles.
- Area/Perimeter of other polygons?
- Each board can be a great work-space for group work.
What do you think? How else could these magnetic dry erase boards be utilized to engage students?