Strategy games are meant to help students practice their logical thinking skills. Below you can find some of my students' favorites. Brandon is playing Rush Hour on the iPad in the upper right corner. It is puzzle game that increases in difficulty at each new level. Kieran is trying to eliminate as many pegs as he can in the IQ Tester game (also found on the tables at Cracker Barrel). Porter is working on his logical thinking skills by trying to find ways to get Slippy the penguin to his fish lunch. There are many obstacles to cross in the game and more are added at each level. Finally, the boys in the top left corner are playing Poison. Using 13 cubes, students take turns choosing 1 or 2 cubes at a time. The player to take the last cube loses the game. They love it!
Square off is one of the most played games every year in my classes. Students take turns connecting one dot to another dot. The player that connects the last dots of a square (closing the square) writes his/her initials in that square. The player that has the most squares at the end of the game wins.