Sixth-grade social studies centers around looking at first civilizations and how the environment influences human migration, ancient ways of life, and the development of societies. Catan is a multiplayer “German-style” board game designed for three or four It’s recommended for players aged 10 and up, and one game typically takes between 45 and 90 minutes to complete.
The basic premise of the game is that you’re settlers on the island of Catan, and you’re competing against each other to see who can build their civilization the fastest. As you build your settlement and unlock achievements, you’ll earn victory points, and the first player to reach 10 victory points is the winner. There are three ways to earn victory points in Catan. First, you can build settlements and/or cities on the board, but you have to collect the necessary resources to do so. Second, you can earn advantages by having the longest road or the strongest army. Finally, you have the option to purchase “development cards,” which may also award you victory points. Natural resources are the key to winning the game. Catan works on strategy and probability. Players strategically pick locations based on the probability of earning resources.
This game is a fun, engaging, and academic way to teach Ancient Civilizations, probability, and sportsmanship.