Super Duper Publications' Party PupsTM is an exciting board game for small groups of students. It tackles twenty-four prepositions with adorable puppies, doggie treats, and clever activities. You'll find that your students will love the dogs and have trouble deciding which breed to pick.
The game comes with 100 dog treat tokens, which students try to win. To play, students choose a game board/dog placemat depicting their favorite type of dog (collie, corgi, bulldog, poodle, lab, etc.) and personalize the game by naming their dog. Students identify and use prepositions on the game cards to earn doggie treats. They use an electronic spinner to find out how many tokens/treats they will win.
Teacher involvement during the game is essential, for the teacher needs to listen for correct answers and to help with any difficulties experienced during the game. Party Pups also gives teachers the opportunity to listen carefully as students practice completing sentences and take turn speaking aloud within a group.
The game is listed for Grades PK-5; we tried it with a group of third grade students. Although they enjoyed the game and working with their "preposition pets", most of these students are already good readers and probably didn't need extra work with prepositions. That said, we think students in Preschool through Grade 2 would benefit from it as well as enjoy it. It could also be used for remedial learning with students in Grades 3-5 or with students who do not have a good grasp of English.
A resource booklet, which comes with the game, includes an introduction, information about different dog breeds, a list of prepositions, and game instruction
Party Pups would be an excellent learning resource to use in a language arts classes in which students are divided into groups based upon their skill level. The boards allow twelve students to play, but with an additional set, a class of 24 would be covered. If only one set is available, students could work with partners, which might be even more fun.
If you'd like to see a video that describes the game, you can watch it on Facebook.
Bottom Line: What Does Party Pups Teach?
- Twenty-four prepositions
- Using prepositions in sentences.
- Speaking out in a group.
- Working with a group.
- Information on different types of dogs.
Super Duper® Publications
Party Pups: $39.95
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