Repurposing Popular Board Games:
One of the first thoughts I have when it comes to classroom games is to take a well known game and modify it for my purpose. I often recycle gameboards and use my own task cards with them or make up the directions to fit the board. Candyland is a great example. How often do you find these at yard sales? Take the board and add word families to it. When the student lands on the spot, they create words using them. Have Scrabble tiles? Use them to add the total of words you form. Great math review and perfect for word building.
- Identify a “secret” word from a random chapter or story.
- Write that word on a piece of paper.
- Give your students clue number one and allow think time.
- Continue with clues 2-5.
- The student who zeroes in on the correct word wins the round, and you could allow that student to select the next word.
Get Out of Here
Get Out of Here is the perfect game for transition points for dismissing to lunch, recess, or to go home. You stand at the front of the line with your task cards or question cards targeting the skills you want to review. You can use this to review content information, but like Mind Reader, you can use it for word study too by giving clues about a selected word.
Name 5 in 10
Divide into teams of 4-5 students of balanced level. Provide each with a pen or marker and paper. Have one student record answers for the team and one person be the spokes person to share answers. As you give the category to the students, you can have one team play at a time or compete against each other to reach 5 items first.
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What games do you enjoy with your kids? Maybe you’ve modified a few classics such as Around the World or Four Corners? If so, I’d love to hear how these have worked with your classes.