Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Academic Games - Games For Thinkers - Begins 10/7 @ 7 PM

Dear Parents of 4th and 5th Graders,

King School Academic Games will begin Wednesday, October 7th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the
King School Music Room. For this first session, parents are required to attend briefly to sign up your student and be sure we have your correct phone number and email address.

Practice times have been set for Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, and Friday after
school, from 3:45 to 4:45 PM, and will be held in the King School Music Room. Practices will begin for interested students in either 4th or 5th grade on Wednesday, October 7th.

King Academic Games is sponsored by the King School PTO.

Students who wish to compete in tournaments can participate in the Michigan League of Academic Games (MLAG) Saturday Tournaments, held once per month from October through February at various schools in southeastern Michigan. The league requires any student who
wishes to participate in the MLAG State Tournament in March to have participated in at least 3 Saturday Tournaments. More information on tournament dates and locations will be available in a handout at our first practice meeting.

We look forward to meeting with you and your student on Wednesday the 7th.

Christy Vanek
Mike Vanek
Mrs. Vanek

What is Academic Games?
Academic Games (AG) is a group of games designed to test and improve a student's knowledge in several different subject areas. There are games that cover math, English, social studies, and logic. The primary purpose of AG is to make learning fun for students. All too often it seems, students turn off to Math, English, or Social Studies because they are bored or not challenged by the material. AG helps to solve that problem by making learning about the subjects more interesting and fun. There is also the added motivation to do well in order to succeed in competition.

Which games do students play in AG? *
The first game students learn is Equations, a mathematics game created by University of Michigan Law Professor Layman Allen in the mid 1960's. Players use numerals and mathematical symbols on special dice to create a goal, and then try to come up with a solution before their opponents.

Similar to the popular card game, "Set", On-Sets is a game that involves Set Theory, where students must find groups of colors using set operations. Linguishtik is an English Grammar game, where students must find a word and place it into a particular type of sentence.
On-Words is a word game involving spelling, counting, grammar, phonetics, word roots, inflectional endings, prefixes and suffixes

Presidents is an American History game that tests students' knowledge of the American Presidents, and the events that happened during their presidencies.

In Propaganda, students learn to recognize and understand different techniques of persuasion.

Wff N' Proof is a game of symbolic logic, where students must construct proofs to prove logical arguments that they create.

In World Card, students must research a particular topic and create a reference book to be used in competitions.

(These brief game descriptions came from the Michigan League of Academic Games website:, where more information on games and rules can be found.)
* Our King Elementary students will be learning Equations, On-Sets, On-Words, Presidents, and Propaganda