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Subject: Session Report - Teaching a 5th grade Class Hive rss

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Fred Wagaman
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Earlier this school year, I taught my 11 year old son's class "1000 Blank White Cards". That went well and I've been looking for an opportunity to teach them another game.

I had recently purchased "Hive" and felt that I could use it as my next classroom game.

The first thing I needed to do was to create working copies of the game for the kids to play with. I took the Hex board template from "Hey, That's my Fish"
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=18205
and printed multiple copies on card stock. I picked up a set of "bug" stampers at my local craft store. It had all 5 of the bugs I needed. My son's class has about 20 students in it, so I made 11 sets.

In addition to the paper versions, I also made a demonstration set out of Perler Beads (Perler Beads are craft beads that you arrange on a pinboard and then fuse together with an iron). I originally started out just making one of each bug, so that I could hold it up for the class to see. I felt it would be much easier than trying to get them gather around a table and look at the Bakelite pieces from my copy of the game. Well, the Perler Bead versions turned out so well, that I went on to make a complete, 22 piece set. I stuck magnets on the back so that I could stick them on the board.

My original date was cancelled due to snow. I was scheduled for a 1 hour time slot. My rescheduled date left me with half an hour.

When I arrived in class, I first showed them the real copy of the game. I then went to the front and explained the goal of the game. Then I went into how each of the 5 pieces move. After that, I explained placement and move restrictions.

Hive is an easy game to explain, but until you actually play it, a lot of it doesn't sink in.

I had my son come up to the front and we played a game using the magnetic pieces I made. One flaw to the magnetic pieces is that the beetle doesn't stick on top of the other pieces, so we had to hold it in place. I could see some of the students catching on as we played. My son beat me.

I had the students pair-up and gave each of them a paper copy of the game. The teacher and I wandered around and answered questions. I also kept an eye out for things that they might have forgotten. The biggest rule problem was the placement (not movement) of pieces against only your color.

I also provided each of the students with the "cheat" card that was on the BGG website.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=6028
This provided the students with a handy reference card for piece movement.

There were an odd number of students, so I played a quick game or two with the odd person out using my "real" version of the game. Most of the students played with the paper copies. Some were taking turns using the magnetic perler bead version.

All in all, it went well, but I don't think it went as well as the previous game. Maybe it was that I rushed a bit with the explanation. Maybe it was because it was a more structured game than "1000 Blank White Cards".

I left a blank template and my stampers so that if a student was interested, they could make a copy of the game. I didn't make enough for everyone. Too many hexes to cut. I also gave the teacher a link to this website for instructions.

Hopefully, some will be interested in the game and seek out a real copy.

FRED
3/23/07
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Adam Skinner
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That's cool, Fred! Did you take any pictures of your custom made bead & hot iron creations?
 
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I did take some pictures. They can be found at:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/197246
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/197245
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/197244

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Adam Skinner
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Awesome. Thanks Fred! My daughter is coming to visit me next week and I think this'd be a fun project for us to do.
 
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