Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Show Us Your Best Games

I am linking up with Tracey at The Teacher's Chair for "Show Us Your Best Games".
This is a game I used to play with my Grade 8's but younger children also love it.  It is just like Scattergories.  I choose 4 or 5 different categories.  If we were doing this in social studies, perhaps I would pick: 1. cities (in your country), 2. bodies of water (in your country), 3. languages of the world, 4. industry, 5. sport.

Now, divide your students into two groups.  Choose a letter of the alphabet.  You could do this randomly but I usually choose a letter that would have several options - who wants a Q or a Z.  Let's say I pick 'F'.  The groups work together to find items that start with that letter and fit in each category.  Only one pencil may be used per team to record the answers on the page.  The catch is, they don't want to pick the same words the other team has picked.  I score 1 point for each original first item and 1/2 point for each extra item that the other group did not have.  The children were ridiculously motivated and quiet.  They did not want the other team to hear what they were suggesting.

Example:
Possible answer:  1.  Fredericton, Fenelon Falls, Fort Erie (2 points)
                            2.  Fawn River, Flindt River (1 1/2 points)
                            3.  Finnish, French (1 point - of course the other group had French too)
                            4.  Fishing, farming, forestry (2 points)
                            5.  Football, field hockey, fencing (1 point)
Get it?  Simple and fun!  You could play this game in any subject area.  The children love having input on the categories too!  Enjoy your day!

-Lisa

4 comments:

  1. Love your idea! It would be perfect for a review at the end of a unit of study.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Stacy

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  2. Ooh, I'm thinking grammar review!! Nice idea! This is being pinned to pinterest so I don't forget about it!
    http://teachertalkwithmrst.blogspot.com/

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  3. These are some great ideas for grade 4 students. Great job!!

    jeu concours

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