Social skills needed for positive peer relations are some of the most important skills to be learned during the elementary school years. Friendship Island is an educational game designed to teach these skills to students. The game focuses on the three vital areas of friendship:
The play of the game has been designed so that the players cooperate and help each other as well as answer questions about friendship to win points for themselves. The game also helps shy and socially delayed students explore friendship issues that they would be hesitant to verbalize without the special supportive environment of the game.
There are two levels of play. One game is designed for grades 1 and 2, and the second game is designed for grades 3 and 4. Both games use the same board, but the rules and cards for each game are completely separate. The game for older students involves more strategy, harder questions, more advanced vocabulary, and more opportunities for negotiation.
The principles of friendship emphasized in both versions of the game include sharing, being a good listener, taking into account the needs of a friend, the importance of talking out problems, etc., will continue to be valid into adulthood.
A Teacher's Guide with complete lesson plans for both versions of the game is included. Students practice reading skills (reading the cards) and math skills (handling the point certificates). Students are challenged to use critical thinking in answering questions and in forming their strategies for playing the game. During the post-game discussion students link their experience in the game with real life.
Opened games are NOT returnable