Academic Games at Ben Franklin Elementary

Academic Games has grown into a thriving accelerated educational opportunity for students from the 2nd through 6th grades. Students compete with private, parochial and public school students on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Approximately 400 total students compete weekly. Over 50 students from Ben Franklin Elementary play each year and represent the largest contingency in the total number of participants. Brother Neal Golden, president of the New Orleans Academic Games League of America, has jokingly said that when Franklin Elementary show up, the games can begin. On-Sets, Propaganda, Equations, and Mr. Presidents are the four games that are played yearly.

On-Sets is a game of set theory which involves set manipulation and goal setting through the use of cards, cubes and a timer. The use of such terminology as "union", "intersection", "compliment", and "combinatorial" operations are common.

Propaganda is a game where by students are challenged to identify a presented propaganda technique used in advertising or debate.

Equations is another cube game in which mathematical equations, exponents, roots, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, fractions, decimals, and whole numbers are used ot solve equations. This game is a wonderful prelude to algebra.

Mr. Presidents is a game in which students test their knowledge of presidential facts based on a limited number of cues.

Our students have won 1st place in the tri-parish area tournament in overall Mathematics. Many teams from Franklin Elementary have won 3rd place, 2nd place, and even a 1st place title at the National Academic Games Tournament held at various locations throughout the United States. Our students have enjoyed their competitive trips to such places as Wheeling, WV, Orlando, FL, and Baton Rouge, LA as they competed in week-long competitions.