Friday, April 22, 2011

Classroom Games (Board Games)

Hello,

                Wintermute here bringing you your daily dose of Dumbr.  Yesterday we started our new segment on, “Classroom Games”. We will begin now with Board Games. One of the easier and cheaper forms of entertainment that takes little to no preparation at all. You will need however three things, a marker board, a marker, and students.

Letter Recognition:

1.       Take two students, and have them face opposite the board. Go to your board and write out the alphabet, leaving blanks every few steps here and there. Be sure to place an underline dash so your students know how many letters are missing. Example: A _ C D _ _ G etc. Spin your two eager students (for no reason it’s just fun to watch them stumble around and takes up more time), and have the other kids cheering on. Stop the two spinning rascals, hand them separate colored markers, and watch them go. Whoever has the most wins.

2.       I like this one, take two students; have them face opposite the board. Write out the alphabet in a completely random fashion. Have it be chaotic. Throw in numbers, lower case and upper case, shapes, whatever, just a big mosh posh of randomly assorted scribbles to your students. Of course you must spin them for a good 10 seconds, tell them to stop, and then yell out what you want them to find. This one will be much harder, and thus more time consuming.

Drawing Monsters with Shapes:

                Oh my kids loved this, and it’s a wonderful way to practice their shapes, numbers, and sizes. You are the artist positioned at the front of the board. If you are bad at art, don’t worry, it’s just shapes and the kids don’t care. Tell them you are going to make a new monster, but you need their help. Ask what a monster needs, they will say eyes, ask how many, they will yell some crazy numbers, indulge them, they say 20 draw 20, ask what shape and size. Assuming they said 10 tiny circle eyes, draw and have them count out, 10 tiny circle eyes. Do this for everything a monster could have, their body could be a triangle, and their arms could be STRONG or weak, their feet could be wheels, they could have long or short tails, big or small wings, he could be happy, hungry, or angry, so on and so forth. This is a game that will get different results each time, good to have kids raise their hand as you want to be sure to use all of their ideas.

                I was hoping to get more board games in but we are all out of time. Come back tomorrow for some Gym Game ideas.

Your Teacher,
Wintermute

27 comments:

  1. Im amazed at the creativity you bring into the classroom. Its nice to see that ex-cathedra teaching methods are being replaced with exiting new ones. I honestly belive, that the kids, the schools and well everyone(!) benefits from your methods of teaching.
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  2. haha. great post :)

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  3. Looking forward to the gym games. I love the monster drawing game. Very cute. (:

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  4. I'm no teacher but I do wish I saw your blog when I was in school, could have been fun.

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  6. Great work! I would love to do the draw monsters with shapes! That seems like it would have really held my attention as a young lad.

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  7. These are cute! Kind of makes me want to become a teacher.

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  8. @Clint, you should, its a lot of fun, no regrets from me.

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  9. I like this idea I would find it fun at that age in school.

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  10. you should have them play monopoly

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  11. Nice post!
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  12. I love certain types of games in the classroom, usually with 3 people. Games with two people can seem a bit awkward, 4 or 5 group games leaves room for alienation

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  13. That alphabet game sounds hard to play without sounding out the whole thing in your head.

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  14. I'm liking these games especially the monsters with shapes it brings out the kids creativity :D

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  15. How to make a monster I love it.

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  16. Cool post. My favorite board game is defiantly chess

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  17. These sound familiar, I've probably played it before once

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  18. i love the part where they're kept spinning and spinning. ;)

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  20. integrating learning with games and activities is a great way to teach.

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