Some of us love them and some of us love to hate them! Our students feel the exact same way. Only here is the challenge…we can’t go without them. Worksheets are fantastic for independent practice, formative assessments, and so much more! So how do we go about adopting them while changing with the times?
The answer is actually pretty simple. Games.
What kid today doesn’t love games? They all talk about their Ipads and Xboxes as if they are a third limb on their body. In some way, I can’t help but wonder if gaming is just a part of their DNA now (too far?). All this to say that kids LOVE game and in order to increase their engagement in school, we can leverage this love for everyone’s benefit.
Test Your Luck is the ultimate answer to this new and developing dilemma! It is fun, easy, and the results speak for themselves.
So how do you play? Great question!
Simply, project the game board onto your whiteboard. Students work alone or in teams to complete challenges or tasks you have created. It can be something as simple as a worksheet or task cards you already have.
Students then complete a desired amount of problems and come check with you for accuracy. If the problems are correct, they are able to choose a number on the board and write their name/initials in the square. Each child fills their own square.
Repeat this for each challenge or worksheet. Students will fill in a square for every task they complete. It is ok not to have enough squares for every child to fill it in for every correct question. This will create a sense of urgency for students to finish, so they have more chances to win.
You will determine winners at the end by choosing numbers using a random number generator found on Google. Whoever’s name is on that number square wins! You can pick as many numbers as you like.
Easy enough, right?!
I dare you to give it a try with your students to see if it increases their engagement and classroom performance! I assure you that it will!
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Looking for something fun to wrap up the school year? Try my Digital Memory Book! This is a fun way to create something beautiful and it will last forever. Easily share with family members digitally for safe keeping!
In case you missed it, check out my blog about STEM Activities for the End of the Year!
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