Monday, June 24, 2013

Freebie Game for Categories & Visual Memory

Hi, Teaching Friends!


Allow me to share with you...

The Evolution of a Freebie 
... this one, that is.
The other day, I was spending a ridiculous amount of time in a doctor's waiting room, but at least I had a chance to read some magazines. I came across an interesting advertisement, and into my head popped an idea for a freebie for visual memory and categories. "I'll make some category cards," I thought to myself, "and just give everybody the info about where to find the ad. No copyright issues that way." Noting that it was a July magazine,  I jotted a list of twenty categories as I waited. Actually, with all the time I waited, I probably could have listed 40 or 60 categories!
When I got home, I looked for the advertisement on the same page of the same magazine that I already had at home. Well, the ad wasn't there. Long story short, after a lot of time spent researching it, I found out that I had overlooked the fact that the doctor's issue was from July 2011!!
Lessons Learned: Look more carefully, and never expect to find a current magazine in a doctor's waiting room.
So, turning lemons into lemonade, I gathered a collection of doodads and, feeling kind of Walter Wick-ish, took my own photo, changed just a few category cards, and here it is!
Click on the image to download "I See Something" from Google Drive.

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Happy Teaching!



11 comments:

  1. Love this idea. I've used my "doodads" for student created ispy pages but I like your idea and may borrow it. Instead of doing all the work myself, I'll probably have the students create the pages. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Great! I'm a big believer in letting students create their own games. It goes along with the idea of proving that you know something by being able to teach it to someone else.
      Plus, the student-created games demand precision, clear handwriting... and they remain very popular in centers! :)

      Thanks so much for commenting, Lisa!
      Linda

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    1. You're welcome, Kristy! Funny how an idea can just pop up and bop me on the head sometimes. :) I guess it happens to everyone in this bloggy corner of the world!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Linda

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  3. Oh my goodness I LOVE this idea! It's funny when and where inspiration strikes and it's awesome that you instantly got some time to work on it. I also like the idea of students creating the pictures and accompanying category cards. I need to pin this :)

    ~Jaime The First Grade Bloom

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    1. So true about inspiration striking, Jaime ... it was kind of nice to have it in daylight instead of the middle of the night, as it so often happens! :)
      Thanks so much for commenting and for pinning!
      Linda

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  4. So simple, yet so clever! Thanks for sharing this and sparking lots of ideas for me!

    Jill
    a-little-red-wagon

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    1. You're welcome, Jill! It's fun when one spark sets others off, right? :)

      Linda

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  5. I love it! just find myself an idea for a college assignment about visual discrimination. Thank you!

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