Some teachers are using classic board games, such as Candy Land and Scrabble, to help young students with lessons in math, language and critical thinking -- a method Carnegie Mellon University researchers found improved achievement among disadvantaged preschoolers. Experts say the games are effective because students are having fun while they are learning. One teacher said he uses Scrabble to help students with spelling and vocabulary, and another teacher says Candy Land and Sorry can be used to help students build self-esteem and social skills.

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