Thursday, January 10, 2013

Some Fun School Games

I don't know about you, but I love to incorporate games into our daily learning.  One of my favorites is Scoot.  I love, love, love this game!  Scoot is a great way to keep your students engaged.  You can grab bunches of Scoot related tips and tricks here.

To play, you simply place various task cards at each desk and the students scoot from desk to desk, on your cue, to respond to each of the cards.  It's perfect for review/practice.

When I play Scoot in my room, I always establish a path of rotation.  This ensures that all of the students will go to each and every desk.  We recently reviewed our two-digit addition skills with the game shown below.


The kids love being out of their seat and moving around.  They are always on task and most of the time, unaware of the fact that they are doing work.  Can't beat that!

Usually, we go over our answers as a whole group once we are done scooting from card to card.  but some games, like the one shown below are perfect for letting the kids check each others work.  I would suggest you walk around and monitor students as they do this.  My students code each others work.  If it is correct they mark the problem with a dot or a smiley face.  If it is incorrect, they circle the problem. 


Get your free copy of this game of Scoot here.  Enjoy!


Grammar can be one of those things that can be fun or not so fun to teach.  My vote is to always make it more fun! And, my favorite way to do that is by playing games!  Do We Agree? is a game from the wonderfully talented Lori over at Teaching with Love and Laughter.  This game is a fun way for students to practice their subject verb agreement.  They are completely engaged the whole time!  When one student is answering a question, the other is checking their answer, this makes them focus on the game and pay close attention.

After reviewing subject verb agreement on the board, I paired the students up and gave them all their materials.  Since I made 10 game boards, I really didn't want to cut out that many question cards for that many game sets.  So, I had the kids do it for me!  They can always use scissor practice.


We read and discussed the game rules and I kept them displayed on the board so they could refer to them as they played.


Once their cards were cut out and we reviewed the rules, each pair of students got a game board, an Answer Key (to check each others answers), a die, and two counters. 


The students  answered a series of questions similar to these.  As I walked around and monitored them I found that they were doing pretty well with this skill.


This was way more engaging than a boring old worksheet!

Have you played any fun games in your classroom lately?
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8 comments:

  1. My kids love Scoot too! It is such a great way to get them to practice or review problems with having to do a traditional handout/worksheet. Thanks for sharing!
    Diane

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    1. I completely agree! I will take a game/activity over a worksheet any day! Thanks for commenting!

      Aimee

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  2. What a great idea to have several groups of kids playing the game! I love how they cut out their own game cards. Genius! Thanks for the shout-out!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com


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    1. You bet! They loved this game, and so did I! Thanks for creating it!

      Aimee

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  3. I LOVE games!!!! Especially scoot and the kids LOVE it too! Like you said,way more engaging than worksheets! Have a great weekend!!! :)

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one out there with this preference! Sometimes it's definitely more work, but totally worth it in my book. Have a good one!

      Aimee

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  4. Thank you! I am super excited about the clipart! I love the idea of having the students check eachother's work!

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    1. You bet! I've emailed my brother, so you can expect to receive your file soon! Congratulations again on winning!!

      Aimee

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