I'm in the market for some new board games in my English classroom and came across http://www.befudiom.com, a game based on idioms that was created by a young inventor on the PBS series Everyday Edisons. Another title that I have my eye on is called The Origins of Expressions, which might also help in my figurative language standards.
What are your favorite board games for the classroom?
We recently had a technology conference at our service center and one of the sessions was on games in the classroom (both online & board games). These were very subject specific for social studies & language arts. I honestly haven't played these games. So, these aren't my recommendations, just games that I saw in a demo. Look online to find reviews.
Once Upon a Time - a creative storytelling card game by Atlas games. Students draw cards to add settings, characters, quotations, and plot twists to a story.
Days of Wonder - www.daysofwonder.com/ - and Rio Grande Games - www.riograndegames.com/ - both offer many games related to geography or historical time periods Some of them include "Ticket to Ride" - build a railroad across the U.S.; "Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers" - build a pre-historic community; and "Metropolys" - create your own city.
GMT Games - also has games on historical themes, such as "Blackbeard - The Golden Age of Piracy" Students take on the role of one or more pirates.