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!