Capitalization Treasure is a fun board game for reviewing two of our capitalization rules. You will notice that the rules are written on the board. (Rules 1 and 2 are reviewed in another game.)
Rule 3: Capitalize the days of the week, months of the year, but not the seasons.
Rule 4: Capitalize holidays and special days.
To Make: I chose a blue file folder since the pictures I had were of an ocean treasure. I believe we were doing an ocean unit at the same time I made this game so many years ago. Remember many of these games were made for my children and I am now playing them with my grandchildren.
Using 3/4 inch circle stickers I created a path from the whale to the treasure. Each sticker has a letter on it (D, M, S, or H). The picture stickers were some ocean themed ones I had on hand. I chose four of them to place along the path.
The Cards: The skill cards are words that may or may not need to be capitalized - days of the week, months of the year, seasons, holidays and just some words like "month," "day," "holiday," etc. Also, there are four cards that have stickers, matching the four pictures on the board.
To Play: Douglas and Charles each chose a game piece. You may notice that they chose fish to match the board. This is Douglas and his "things have to match." He is so like his mother was.
I shuffled the cards for them and am sitting nearby so I can supervise the play and the responses while I work with Wesley on his math.
In turn, the player draws a card, reads the word, states if it should be capitalized or not and why, then recites the appropriate rule. He then moves his "fish" to the space indicated (D = day of the week, M = month of the year, S = Season, H = holiday or special day). If the word on the card is a common noun word like: "holiday," "day," or "month" he states that is it not capitalized, but he does not get to move. If the card he draws is one of the pictured stickers, he moves directly to that space. This may be a forward or backward move. This is like the play of the game Candyland which is a favorite format of ours to play.