- Create a question deck. Pick four categories or skills that need reviewing and come up with five question cards per category. Math facts, plurals, pronouns, quotes, and parts of speech are good choices. Place the cards in a pocket chart at the front of your room.
- Divide your class into two teams. Two children (one from each team) square-off at a time. Have the kids each roll a die to determine who gets to pick the category. It just adds a little more "sizzle" to the game.
- STOP and frontload this. Talk about what it means to be a good sport. It will keep hurt feelings to a minimum when we remind them that this is all in good fun. A small treat/prize can be awarded at the end of the game for everyone who shows good sportsmanship.
- When a category is selected, read the question aloud and have each player write their answer on a mini-white board. For example, have them write out a quote or re-write a sentence to include the pronoun instead of the noun.
- Whoever gets the right answer first is the winner. It's just like the TV show. Offer this child a fairly nice prize. It is not his/her decision to keep it or trade if for something under one of the "doors." There is a chance for something really awesome (new lunchbox, games, toys . . . Dollar Store delights), but there is also a chance for something stinky (cans of peas, used crayons . . . anything found in your desk that you don't want). Most of the time they will trade even though they know they might get stuck with something icky.
- Ask the remainder of the class attempt to answer on their white boards while they are at their seats. This keeps everyone working and allows time for you to reload the SECRET DOORS. If both players answer incorrectly then check with students in the audience. Sometimes, you can reward a correct answer from the crowd with a little treat if you choose.
- Your kids will truly love the "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" with this fast-paced skills review format.
This December activity is available on our "freebie" page.
Here's how this game rolls...
Prepare for this activity by printing out a class set of story templates and adjective mats of choice. In addition, every child will need a peppermint candy. (We suggest having a few back up candies as they can break or roll away).
To begin play, students drop their peppermint candy on their adjective mat. The word that the treat lands on (or is closest to) is written in any space on their story template. Students continue this process until all of the spaces on their story template are filled!
Additional notes about this activity...
•As kiddos completed the task, I had them illustrate their stories on the back of their story template (many colored the front too).Additional nots about this activity...
•We are not allowed to let our students eat hard tack candy, so I traded them a small candy cane for their peppermint when they finished the activity.
•When everyone's crazy story was completed, I had my kids cruise the room and read their stories to each other!
•Multiple templates are included in this FREEBIE pack. One story is more "decodable" than the other. In addition, one of the adjective mats is a little crazier than the other . . . pick the one that is right for you and your crew of kiddos!
This young lady read her story 13 times to classmates!
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