Snakes and Ladders

A3 Snakes and Ladders board with card sections for use as a review activity.

This is a classic game of snakes and ladders, but with question/challenge cards!

The first page is the game board. I usually print in color, then laminate.
The second page is some cards to cut out and have in the center of the desk for when the students land on the 'Card' space.

Materials needed per group
-Game board (Included)
-Question/Challenge Cards (some included but feel free to change/make more depending on your age group/grammar point!)
-1 dice

How to play
-Put students into groups of 4 or 5. Each group gets the game board, a deck of the question/challenge cards, and a dice.
-Students use their erasers/pen caps as their came pieces and put them on the rainbow "Start" square at the bottom.
-Students janken to decide order of play, then roll the dice.
-If they land on a ladder, they can move up to the top of the ladder. (They can't move down a ladder.)
-If they land on a snake's mouth, they have to travel down to the space at the tail on the snake. (They can't move up a snake.)
-If they land on a red "Unlucky!" space, the student must move their game piece back 2 spaces.
-If they land on a green "Lucky!" space, they can roll the dice again.
-If they land on a blue "Card" space, they must pick a card from the deck and answer the question in English/do the challenge.
-If they land on a white square, it's nothing.
-First to the rainbow "Goal" square is the winner!

I usually go through the rules with the students first. I ask them what they think a ladder is, what a snake is, and what they think each rule means before correcting them/confirming that they're right. I also draw little diagrams on the blackboard of a ladder with an arrow going up, and a snake with an arrow going down, just to confirm.

There's only 14 different cards, and they're repeated so that it's more likely that each student gets to try the cards. Again, feel free to make some of your own. The ones attached are aimed at my ES 4th graders.

Submitted by sophieinniigata December 9, 2020 Estimated time: 30 minutes
  1. Jed101 March 16, 2023

    thanks .... to make the game a little more interesting before the game assign certain numbers as a chance to throw a dice and get points (from number on the dice) eg, all the 5s and 10s etc or all the even numbers

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