Friday, January 11, 2013

Quick and Easy Classroom Games

Hi, Teaching Friends!

When I design games for your classroom, one of the objectives I try to keep in mind is convenience for you. Basically, I try not to have the requirements be anything more than print, laminate, and (sometimes!) cut! after all, the idea is to make your job easier, right?

Well, if you agree, I think you'll really like the simplicity of the two resources I've recently uploaded at TeachersPayTeachers.

First, there's an "I Have... Who Has...?" game for the 100th Day of School. (Does that get capitalized? I mean, it is a national holiday, isn't it?)  Simple to make: Print, cut the cards apart, and laminate if you choose. This one goes beyond most simple versions of this game format. Your little guys will use a number grid to interpret 29 different numerical expressions for numbers as they relate to 100.  In other words, a card might read, "Who has 11 more than 100?" or "Who has 100-4?".  You might even differentiate by letting your little mathematicians choose whether or not they need to use the number grid or want to give it a go with mental math.

The second item is a set of Common Core-aligned math games for Valentines Day. Five games.
Print and laminate. Okay, two of them  need paperclips put on to make the spinners. But , honest, that's it.
As easy as it gets.

I hope you'll take a look at them at my TPT store. Thanks!

Here's a postscript on yesterday's post about some of my favorite pins. I forgot to include this one, but it's so clever that I really want to share it with you! I totally would have used this with my first graders on our annual jaunt to the Cape May Zoo. It's a passport, with pictures to color for each animal you see. It was designed for the Memphis Zoo, but it's pretty inclusive so you should probably be able to use it for just about any zoo. Adorable idea, and a FREE souvenir, which would potentially fulfill a career-long dream of skipping the gift shop torture time on a field trip!

Find this great printable here.

Happy Teaching!


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