July 31, 2013

Lovin', Pinnin', and Playin' Games (a FREEBIE)

It's another tri-linky day. Today I'm linking up with Glitter and Glue for What I'm Loving Wednesday, with The Vintage Apple for Oh How Pinteresting!, and with The Teacher's Chair for the week long School Linky.

This Wednesday I am LOVIN' the weather in NE Ohio. We had struggled through excessive heat and excessive rain for most of June and early July. Now we are having EXCESSIVEly beautiful sunshine and moderate temps in the mid-70's. GORGEOUS!

I'm also lovin' the fact that I can now pin on the TpT collaborative boards on Pinterest. How fun is that! And speaking of pinning. I started three new boards this month, one for each of three books that I'll be using with my students during the first weeks of school: The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi, Underground by Jean Ferris, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis. I've been collecting photos, videos, newspaper clippings, etc. and pinning them to my boards... everything in place for when I am working on lesson assignments, Power Points, Prezis, Sqworls, and instaGroks, and in the process I've been learning lots about Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, the relationship of quilting to slavery, the passengers on the Titanic, and more... lovin' it!

Finally... Lovin' one of my all time favorite classroom games

A Whole Class Game to Review/Practice Science Vocabulary

Divide the class into 3-4 teams of nearly equal size.

Similar to Kaboom, Kerplop, Boom, or whatever you call this type of game, students randomly draw strips from a container, sight unseen, read the word on the strip, discuss the meaning with teammates, and then respond by stating the definition aloud. If the student is correct, the team keeps the strip. If the student is incorrect, the strip is returned to the container.

At the end of a specified amount of time, play stops and the team with the greatest number of strips is declared the winner.

But there’s a twist… Inside the container are several cards with the interjection EWWWWWWWW! on them. If a student draws this card, the team must return all of their strips to the container as well as the EEEEEEEEEW! card.

You can download a set of strips for vocabulary for The Five Kingdoms of Living Organisms EWWWWWWWW! by clicking HERE or on the graphic below.

·   Use a Pringle’s can for your container. Cover it with colorful paper and add a label with the game’s name on it. Better yet, design a label on your computer.
·   Make several sets of words for various concepts. Store them in envelopes/plastic bags on which the game and concept are written.
·   Using a word processing program, utilize the table feature to easily make strips.
·   Use this game idea for all subject areas but give it a different name. For example EEEEEEEEEEW! for Science, Kaboom for Language Arts, and Kerplop for Math.

Happy Wednesday,
Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6
Freebie Fridays


  1. I love this idea! I can think of all kinds of other concepts for this game. Thank you! ~Deb (your newest follower!)
    Crafting Connections

  2. I am from NE Ohio as well! :) This weather is amazing but my tan is quickly fading ;)

    Tales of a fourth grade teacher

  3. Cool game idea. I could do this with Social Studies vocabulary as well!

    Sixth Grade Tales

    1. That's a great idea! It works well with all vocabulary drill.

  4. I'd never heard of this game before! But I will definitely be using it now!! Thanks for the share!

    The E-Z Class

  5. How do the students check if their definition is correct? Is it on the strip somewhere? I like the idea for reviewing vocabulary.
    Follow Dava Smith English Teacher on BlogLovin’

    1. You, as the teacher and facilitator of the game, determine if the answer is correct. This is a whole class game so there is no need for self-checking. You could put the answer on the strip if you like, however.

  6. Fun version of that game! I am going to have to direct my sister (a sixth grade math/ELA teacher) toward your blog! I enjoyed your post!

    Kindergarten A to Z

  7. I LOVE the eeeeewww! Totally gross and fun, and what more could a kid ask for?

    Thanks for linking up so I could find you!

    Peacocks & Penguins


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