Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? board game
by Amanda Nettgen
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
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Number of players:
8+ (Family Game)
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? the board game version is more like Are You Smarter Than Your Friends? or Are You Smarter Than Your Spouse? when it comes to elementary school things, as you don’t actually employ any fifth graders in this edition. It’s like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, but with supposedly “easier” questions!
The game and gameplay
Once you’ve gotten rid of the excess packaging, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? is pretty easy to set up. Simply divide the question cards by grade into the handy dandy tray, lay out the two game boards, and choose your education-themed token.
Select who will be testing their smarts first (whomever completed fifth grade most recently, perhaps?). That player then picks a card from the sectioned tray and carefully slides it into the decoder sleeve. He or she reads the subject and question aloud, then gives the other contenders a chance to write down their answer on the provided paper.
Once everyone is done, the present pupil announces and compares their answer if they are confident that they’re a Know-It-All, or they can opt to Peek or Copy the other players’ responses if they feel the query would warrant them worthy of a dunce cap.
Peeking is what you’d expect – a chance to look at ONE of the students’ answers if you think they may be more knowledgeable about a particular subject than you are. You’re not required to use their answer if they’re clueless too, but with Copy you are.
Basically if the person you cheated off of’s answer is right, they always net a $1,000 token, and your hide is saved if you opted to use their response. You only get one Peek and one Copy per game, so use them wisely.
As you get answers right in the Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? board game
, cover the corresponding grade spot on Chalkboard #1 and move your pawn up a monetary level on Chalkboard #2. You can only answer two questions per grade category. You keep going until you give an incorrect answer, you choose to “walk away” a la Millionaire, or you know your stuff enough to reach the Million-Dollar Question. Just like in Millionaire once you hit $25,000, you are guaranteed to go home with that no matter what.
There’s not really anything special about the Million-Dollar Question; you either get it right, or you risk it all and you don’t. Overall it is the player with the most money (including $1,000 tokens) that wins.
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Pros and cons
Fans of the show will likely enjoy this board game take. It’s an educational yet fun game for kids and a good refresher for adults as well.
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? has a decoder that’s hard to read, and a lot of the questions might prove difficult for older people who “didn’t learn the things you kids do today”. It’s definitely geared more towards kids, although it would take a gifted eight-year-old to play it (the age the game recommends). Eight-year-olds are not fifth graders!
Ideally used as a classroom or homeschooling aide, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? board game may prove to be boring for those who don’t like knowledge-based games. It will suit some, appreciated like an apple given to a teacher.