Ages: 6-10 (Grades 1 – 4) with 2-6 players.
Social skills needed for positive peer relations are some of the most important skills to be learned during elementary school years. Friendship Island® is an educational game specifically designed to teach these skills to students.
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The game focuses on the three vital areas of friendship:
The play of the game has been designed so that the players cooperate and help each other as well as answer questions about friendship to win points for themselves.
The game also helps shy and socially delayed students explore friendship issues that they would be hesitant to verbalize without the special supportive environment of the game. Educational games must be challenging and fun as well as a learning experience.
In order to achieve all of these goals, the Friendship Island® box contains two different games.
The game for older students involves more strategy, harder questions, more advanced vocabulary, and more opportunities for negotiation.
The principles of friendship emphasized in both versions of the game include sharing, being a good listener, taking into account the needs of a friend, the importance of talking out problems, etc., will continue to be valid into adulthood.
A “Teachers Guide” with complete lesson plans for both versions of the game is included.
Students practice reading skills (reading the cards) and math skills (handling the point certificates). Students are challenged to use critical thinking in answering questions and in forming their strategies for playing the game. During the post-game discussion students link their experience in the game with real life.
SCANS Skills Addressed:
(Also high interest material for older students and for kindergarten students when the teacher reads the cards).
Ages: 6-10 (Grades 1 – 4) with 2-6 players with Flexible playing time from 30–45 minutes.