Thinking of doing Glow Games in your classroom but don’t know where to start? Let me walk you through my activities.
I do lots of room transformations and I’ll be honest with you, Glow Games is the most expensive transformation I have done. Don’t get all of the materials on your own. Create a Donor’s Choose project, do a Go Fund Me on FB, or ask students’ parents, family, and friends to donate items from your Amazon Wish List.
First and foremost, you need some black lights! These are a must! I recommend getting four lights to place at the four sides of your room facing toward the middle. Here are the ones I get.
How do you Decorate?
For decor, I use black trashbags to cover my windows and I hang a large wall covering I found on Amazon. You can use neon tablecloths on your tables and hang neon balloons around the room.
What Games Do you Play?
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For each game I have a set of task cards for whatever topic we are reviewing. The games cards might be different each year depending on when we do the transformation but the games themselves never change. Use any task cards or even worksheets you already have to use as your questions. There are also tons of free resources on TPT and I have a lot of task cards in my store.
Tic Tac Toe
Set up bowling pins or use water bottles with glow rocks. Students answers questions and then use the ball to try to knock over as many pins as they can.
Let’s Glow Jenga
For this game students play Jenga with game cards that correspond to the Jenga game colors. I created a Jenga Game to review place value that matches the Jenga board that I purchased. Grab the game here.
All you need for this game are a few spoons and your game cards. Students try to make a match of 3 and a wild card. When they make the match, they grab a spoon. All the other students must grab a spoon as well. The kid that doesn’t get a spoon is “out” meaning nothing happens, the game just starts over. To get an idea of a game you could do with matching, match up fact families, words with the same pattern, place value forms.
Free Glow Games Recording Booklet
Remember, you can use these games with any task cards or even worksheets. I have a free booklet where students record their answers and tally up their points. Grab it here in my free resource library once you sign up for my newsletter.
Enjoy your Glow Games!