6th grade math project
Creating a Math Board Game
Beginning the Project
• What makes a board game so much fun?
You have challenges like roadblocks or
false paths that make you backtrack.
Then you land on a lucky square that lets
you leap forward past your opponent. Best
of all, you are with your friends as you
play. For this project, you will use
mathematics to create a game. Then you
will play your game with friends or family
for a trial run. Finally, you will decorate
your game and bring it to class to play.
ACTIVITY 1: PLANNING
• Choose a setting for your game
board. Is the game in a cave, in a
castle, or in a person’s digestive
• Decide whether you want players to
move by selecting cards, rolling
number cubes, or both.
• Do you want the end of the game to
be determined by the number of
points someone has or by reaching
an end square?
ACTIVITY 2: DEVELOPING
• Make a draft of your game board.
• Add details
• Use good judgement in determining
questions to answer in order to move
around your board.
• Think of adventures and misadventures for
your game like: “See a shooting
star…round 12.392 to the nearest tenth to
make a wish and move forward 5 spaces”
OR “Fall off a cliff. Multiply 15.7 x 0.0003
correctly or move back 3 spaces.
ACTIVITY 3: DESIGNING
• Add details to your game board that requires
decimal skills, such as: adding, subtracting,
multiplying and dividing decimals; place value;
rounding and estimation with decimals; comparing
and ordering decimals; reading and writing
• You may include other math skills as well.
• Make the size of the game board at least 11.5 in x
• Use illustrations and color.
• Put a cardboard backing on the game board.
ACTIVITY 4: ORGANIZING
• Finish your game board.
• Write the rules of your game.
• Organize everything needed to
play your game.
HOW WILL THE PROJECT BE GRADED?
CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Decimal Knowledge Your game included Your game Your game focused Your game included
opportunities to use provided on one or two no more than one
addition, subtraction, opportunities for decimal related aspect of decimal
multiplication, and division most, but not all concepts. For calculations and
of decimals, as well as decimal related example: addition uses.
other decimal related concepts. and subtration only
Rules Rules written clearly Rules were Rules were written, The rules were not
enough that all could easily written, but one but people had written.
participate part of the game some difficulty
needed slightly figuring out the
more explanation. game.
Creativity The group put a lot of The group put The group tried to Little thought was
thought into making the some thought inot make the game put into making the
game interesting and fun to making the game interestin and fun, game fun or
play as shown by the interesting and fun but some of the interesting.
creative questions, game to play by using things made it
pieces and/or game board. textures, gancy harder to
writing, and/or understand/enjoy
interesting the game.
Presentation The game board, rules, and The game board, The game board The game board was
other related material was rules, and any was not well presented in a way
very well presented and other related presented bul only that showed little or
was free of any errors. material was well contained minor no effort. It
presented. It was errors. contained many
mostly error free. errors.
16 pt = 100 A+ 15 pts = 92 A- 14 pts = 91 B+ 13 pts = 87 B 12 pts = 83 B-
11 pts = 82 C+ 10 pts = 78 C 9 pts = 74 C- 8 pts = 68 D <8 pts = 64 F
• September 26th = Rough Draft of Board
• October 3rd = Final Game Board
• October 17th = All Materials Finished
• October 26th – 28th = Presentations