Depending upon the kind of game you're engaging in, you could switch the emphasis from winning or losing to mastery. Rather than having one group win, set the parameter that any group that demonstrates mastery can be a winner.
You could also have those students read the questions or be the host/ hostess of the game, as if it were a game show type of setting.
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Those who prefer not to play can be engaged as commentators/reporters/researchers. Grade 4 Common Core includes lots of opportunities for opinions, research, observation, text based evidence, etc.
Similarly, students who are more artistic could sketch the players and write about them. Mathematicians could share strategic ideas. You could turn the entire collaborative exercise into a differentiated bulletin-board!
Personally, I dislike "making" any student do something they'd prefer not to -if they could benefit in a different way. This approach honors individuals and makes lessons a richer experience for the whole class.
Thank you very much! Next time I'll try it.
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