Project Create a Game Board
As a final project the students will create a game board of their choice. The students
can work in small groups (no more than 3), pairs or by themselves. The more students
involved in one game, the more requirements assigned for the grade.
Topic: Students may choose any topic covered in Ancient Civilizations class except the
Silk Road or Greek or Roman gods & goddesses. We used the Silk Road as a sample
board game in class. The topic must be educational and reflect class learning. Accuracy
of the information about the topic is critical. Therefore topics need to be approved and
explained in detail.
Board: The board must be a minimum of 12” by 12” and no bigger than 15” by
15”. It does not have to be a square, it can be any shape. The board can fold up or stay
open. It can be made of any firm material (strong poster board, card board, thin wood)
but not of thin butcher paper or computer paper. The board surface must be
completely colored with a background that represents the time period and topic. A
minimum of 10 squares that represent 10 pieces of accurate historical information
must be on the board. (Examples: The Great Wall of China was first built during
the Qin dynasty, the Han dynasty ruled with Confucian ideals.) 20pts.
Instructions: The instructions must be typed. They must include the following:
1. introduction to the time period and topic (2 paragraphs) 10 pts.
2. goal for the game 5 pts.
3. description & number of all materials for the game (4 playing pieces, 1
moving device, 20 cards, etc.) 10 pts.
4. instructions on how you move through the board (special spaces or
cards or moving device) 5 pts.
If pairs work together, the complexity of the elements of the game is higher and the
game board is more detailed.
If groups of 3 students work together, the complete game is necessary and there should be
more complexity in the elements of the game. (Example: detailed player pieces, all cards)
Topic & paragraph about game 4-26
Draft of board (drawn in notebook) 5-10
Final project 5-24
Topic suggestions: timelines for civilizations, geography details, artifacts, inventions,
events, lives of famous people.