Thursday, July 22, 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Ahoy teaching pirates! Welcome back! In my last post, I shared ideas for games using a traditional deck of cards to reinforce math skills. Today's focus will be on language arts, particularly grammar skills.
Oh, I can hear the groans now! Who loves grammar, right? However, there are numerous grammar skills and rules that we, teachers, are required to teach. Although when you think about it, knowing grammar concepts does improve our students' speaking and writing skills.
To learn and conquer any type of skill, students must practice and review. But honestly, when it comes to worksheet versus game, we all know which one our students would rather do. Games are fun and engaging. In fact, students often are not aware that they're learning and practicing a skill while they are playing a game!
I must confess I love board games! A lot of my childhood time was spent playing Monopoly, Clue, Game of Life, Scrabble, and so many others.
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Of course as a parent, I was always searching for fun learning games for our daughter who has become more of a board game fanatic than her mother! As a teacher, I bought and made all sorts of games to share with my students.
To help my students learn the requirements for regular and irregular nouns, I created a board game titled Plural Noun Land. In English most nouns end with an "-s" to show plurality, but there are some nouns that require an "-es" instead. Which nouns are these? That is what our students must learn. Do we add "-es" if a noun ends with "x"? How about when a noun ends with "-o"?, "-y"?, "-f"? Then there are nouns that refuse "-s" and "-es" such as child, man, deer! Very confusing, right?
In this game the goal is to reach Plural Noun Land before your opponents, but along the way, students must correctly spell the plural form of various nouns. (A stack of noun cards is provided.) If the plural version is spelled correctly, then the player rolls the dice and moves closer to Plural Noun Land. However, if the word is not spelled correctly, the player cannot move. In addition, students may run into situations that will give them an extra turn or take away their next turn. The game is a FREE resource.The game is also included in the resource, Plural Nouns Bundle, which consists of a slideshow, sorting activities (another engaging type of practice), assessment, and a plural rules chart. Here be some treasure, mateys!
Another FUN and FREE grammar resource game your students will enjoy is Prepositional Phrases Race to the Finish game.
Designed for two or three players, Race to the Finish is a board game that provides practice regarding prepositional phrases. There are four types of question cards that vary in degree of difficulty.
- identify prepositional phrases in sentences
- identify prepositions and objects of prepositions
- count the number of prepositional phrases that are in a sentence
- name the noun or pronoun or verb that is modified by a prepositional phrase
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Welcome aboard, me hearties! The school year is finally coming to a close. Even though it has been a difficult voyage to boot, end your school year with some fun! Of course, we want our wee pirates to continue their learning so let's find some learning games to play!
However, I'm not suggesting online games, but if your classroom is still online, you probably have no other choice. For those of you who are in-person with your students, I suggest card games. My main reason for recommending these types of games is that they are social. Students interact with each other and learn from each other when playing hands-on games. Also, keep in mind that for most of the school year teaching was online with little opportunity for students to engage with their classmates.
Now, you may be thinking that you have no card games in your classroom. If you don't, how about a traditional deck of playing cards. You probably have some at home and so may your students' families.
Once you collect some card decks, consider teaching a few of the classic card games such as Crazy Eights, Go Fish, and Rummy. "Why?", you may ask. The answer is these are strategy games which help to develop and sharpen our brains.
Here's a link with a list of 12 classic card games:
These cards can also be used to develop and review math skills. For example, each student is given two cards. They add the numbers on their cards. The student with the highest sum collects all the face-up cards. For a more challenging game include aces with the value of 1 and jacks, queens, kings valuing 11-13. The joker can be valued as 14 or 0. In addition, increase the number of cards to be passed out to three, four, and five cards for students depending on the needs of your students. Of course, other operations can be used as well.
Another math concept that can be practiced is place value. First, determine the place value your students will work with- 10's, 100's, 1000's and so one. If students are working with 10's, then each student draws two cards. Next, students make the largest number they can with their two cards. The player who has the largest number keeps all the played cards. These games can be used with decimals and fractions as well.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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Monday, March 1, 2021
Storytelling is a part of every culture. Before the printing press, before films and videos, stories were shared orally. People gathered around an outdoor firepit or inside by the hearth to hear tales and myths told by the storyteller. As a result, these stories passed along the traditions and values of a culture from one generation to another. Consider the following fables. The Ant and the Grasshopper, teaches the listener to be responsible while The Boy Who Cried Wolf warns that telling lies can lead to danger. Also, ancient folklore attempted to explain the mysteries of nature. Why does the moon change shape? Why does the mountain spew fire? Why do mosquitoes buzz in people's ears?
Also included are:
• Student Objectives
• Common Core Connections
• Suggestions for reinforcing vocabulary meaning throughout the year
• Word list and definitions that can be copied for students to keep in vocabulary notebooks
• Answer keys