Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Is the Book Chook smarter than a fifth grader? Sadly, no. I can say this with authority because I've been to the Fox website and played the Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader game.

I love board games, word games, puzzles. I love the opportunities we get occasionally to sit down as a family and play them together. Usually those opportunities are preceded by me chivvying everyone towards the dining table, smile brightly pinned, and burbling, "Come on, it'll be FUN!"

Many parents agree with me that games are a great opportunity for a family to engage in social, enjoyable activities that can promote literacy. But sometimes it can be tricky to find quiz-type games that the whole family can play. What I liked about Fifth Grader is that the questions are at different levels. So you might be offered Social Studies at first grade level. That means your family can play as a team, with younger members trying the more appropriate questions.

Real physical games with real physical people will always be my first love, but some screen games involve all sorts of reading, thinking and communicating. At the very least, this one might take you down a peg or two if, like me, you were tempted to think you're smarter than a fifth grader! 


  1. I love that TV show!

  2. Book Chook13 April, 2010

    Milli, I haven't seen the show, but I think it looks like fun.

  3. Trudie Trewin13 April, 2010

    Sounds like a game for our family - the boys love that show. I might struggle to compete with Rove's hosting abilities though! Thanks for the link Book Chook!

  4. Book Chook14 April, 2010

    You're very welcome, Trudie!

  5. This is fun! I am going to send it on to our teachers (who are testing this week) to use as a fun activity after the tests. The students will be thrilled!

  6. Book Chook21 April, 2010

    Tests? UGH! Funny how answering questions in a game show is fun, while answering them in a test is not so fun. It's all a mater of perspective I guess - and my perspective says give me a quiz show any day!


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