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Wow!  I got so many responses in such a short amount of time!  Thanks to
everyone who sent suggestions.  Below, I have listed the responses I
received (there are 2 parts to this HIT):

One that I particularly like, and is similar to scrabble, is "Up

You make 3-D words by adding letters to words and stacking them up.

So, if the word on the board is "whale" a student could put an "i" on
top of the "a" to make "while" and get points.  It's great, because even
the little kids can play it, especially with help.
I always had chess and checkers sets.  There was heavy demand before
school and during lunch.  Both reinforce logic and problem solving
Regular Rainy Day/Open LIbrary for Lunch Games:  Chess--Big hit, also have
books on how to do moves with the boxes, checkers, MANDALA--Big hit, Tick
Tac Four, Tri-Ominos, Jepordy, Cards, Jenga--Big Hit, Dominos,

Also have for Socials when we have 2 hours: Monopoly, Payday--Big Hit,
and a couple more that I can't remember at home.
I don't know about reinforcing the curriculum, but I have
and the kids love checkers and chess.
I inherited a tradition of chess boards. This is actually quite pleasant.
While they don't focus on library instruction, I keep checkers and chess
boards out on rainy/snowy days.  I love watching the students think, plan,
and deliberate about the strategy of these games!  It seems they always
civil conversations while playing them.
One of the most popular has been Masterpiece.  I bought it because I
remember learning about art from this game. The students love it.  Perhaps
some of the trivial pursuit games?
If your school is Elementary. Arthur's Library game is great for K-3.
Chess . . . we have a board or 2 set up all of the time in three of our
libraries:  grades 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12.
I have chess, checkers, chinese checkers, guess who, Green Eggs and Ham
Game, a Berenstain Bears Game, An Arthur Game, I also have puzzles. The
floor puzzles are the biggest hit - One is Mr. WIshy Washy, One is
dinosaurs, Doug, USA. The students use these when they are finished Book
Exchange. They love them.
I used chess, checkers, mancala, memory card games and puzzles.
I have Scrabble, checkers, backgammon, but most importantly Chess. The
kids prefer Chess to anything else.
Chess -- a real thinking game; can always read strategy books.  :>)
How about board games based on books -- Uncle Wiggly's game, Peter
Rabbit, Harry Potter etc.
I am in a high school and a huge believer in board games.  We have chess,
Scrabble, Othello, Master Mind, and Sequence.  (I don't put them all out
at once, of course, but the chess table is always set up and has a lot of
regular "customers.")  I also keep a jigsaw puzzle table set up, which I
change at least monthly.  The students love it and haven't caught on to
the fact that they are burning those Higher Order Thinking Skills!
I use the 24 Math game by Suntex on my morning news broadcast.  We
announce the 24 numbers of the day and students put their answers into a
fishbowl in the library.  I pull out an answer each afternoon and that
student comes to present their correct solution on the next day's news
broadcast.  We bought a set for each classroom grades 3-5 for use in
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Brenda Young, Library Media Specialist
Rose Hill Elementary
Omaha, NE

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