Settlers of Catan is an awesome game to play with students who are basically good at speaking. They get involved quickly once the game is set up! There is a lot of negotiation, instructions, listening and some reading needed to play the game. It’s complicated, but grade 5 or 6 students should have no trouble playing it! Winning is easy to mark!
There were a few rules we got wrong like building communities before upgrading; and siting cities away from each other. Oddly, I think the errors speeded up our game! No one actually won the game, but Julian came close at 9 points. I was too busy teaching the students how to play to look after my own strategy! It was ace!
Thanks to Dustin Staats for reminding me about board games! I have a fair sized collection of games that need playing!