Objective: This game is a "rainy day" game. Students will have fun playing a "Chutes
and Ladders" game with a twist.
Materials: Loch Nessie and Ladders game board, one die, game pieces (can be
beans, mosaic pieces, buttons, etc.), Loch Nessie and Ladders cards
Background: This is part of a multi-activity unit designed to help children investigate
water mysteries. Please refer to "Water Mysteries, Myths, Legends, and Strange
Occurrences" for additional information.
Laminate the Loch Nessie and Ladders game board and the set of cards. Carefully cut
apart the cards to form a deck. Make copies for the game board and cards for multiple
group play. Place game cards face down on the bottom left corner of the game board.
This game is designed to be played like "Chutes and Ladders" in that when a player
lands on a Loch Ness Monster space or a ladder space, his/her game piece will be
If a player lands on a space occupied by a Loch Ness monster head (there is some
type of writing in the space designated as the "head" space) student must scoot down
the body of the Monster and end in the space at the tip of the tail (there is additional
writing in the space designated as the "tail" space).
If player lands on a ladder space, student must shoot up the ladder to the space where
the ladder ends. The end space will be a higher number on the board.
All players place their game piece on the "Start" block. Players roll the dice to determine
who goes first. The highest number rolled begins play. Play continues around the table
To begin play:
Player rolls dice and moves to designated space. If player lands on the Head space of
the Loch Ness Monster, he/she must scoot down the body of the Monster, ending on
the Tail space. Player's turn is over.
If player lands on a Ladder space, player must shoot up the ladder to the higher
numbered space. Player's turn is over.
If player lands on any other space on the board, player must draw a card and do what it
says. After completing whatever the card's instructions are, player's turn is over.
Play continues until someone lands on the Finish space. Player does not need an exact
number to land on the space.
Have students make a crossword puzzle about the Loch Ness Monster and other water
monsters. If your class has a vocabulary list (spelling list) they're working on, have
students incorporate each spelling word into the puzzles.
SD Standards for 4th grade:
4.R.1.1; 4.R.1.2; 4.R.4.1
Prior Preparation: Read "The
Boggart and the Monster" by Susan
Cooper to the class. Advise the class
that this unit will be about water
mysteries and offer a summarized
explanation of the "Water Mysteries
Myths, Legends, and Strange
Occurrences" information provided for