Guide to the Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Board Game

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The Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader board game challenges everyone's knowledge of subjects taught in the fifth grade. It's a fun trivia game for 2 to 4 players, age 8 and older.

How to Play the Game

Players take turns drawing question cards with general knowledge questions. The more questions the player answers correctly, the longer the player stays in the game. The questions asked of each player increase in difficulty, starting with second-grade level and progressing in difficulty up to questions from a fifth-grade curriculum. The player earns a $1,000 token for each question he answers correctly. Players can request help from other players to answer a question. Other players, their classmates, can rescue players who are having trouble answering questions by giving them a chance to copy, peek or save.

This is a great board game for adults to play with their kids. Kids love to see their parents and other adults stumble over the answers to questions from subjects taught in grammar school. It is a lively game, so it is also a good game option to play when you or your kids are bored.

The game is also a wonderful way for a group of kids to learn or review basic grammar school subjects such as math in home, school or home schooling settings.

Many of the questions are challenging to adults. The questions may be frustrating to kids who haven't covered the topics in school, or to those who have studied, but forgotten, the answers!

Game Pieces

The Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader board game is easy to set up. It includes:

300 question cards

Winning the Game

The winner is the first player to win $1,000,000 by correctly answering eleven questions.

Origins of the Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Game

The Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? board game was based on the popular television game show of the same name which debuted on the Fox television network in February 2007. The show features Jeff Foxworthy and five fifth-graders who test the knowledge of adults with questions from the United States fifth-grade curriculum. Localized versions of the television game are shown in 26 countries including Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, Latvia, the United Kingdom and Canada. The board game version of the television show was published in 2007 by Hasbro. The popularity of the television show and the board game has resulted in the introduction of PC and DVD versions as well as a card game.

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Guide to the Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Board Game