April 15, 2014

Tried It Tuesday: IHWH

I tried something new... well, sort of new so I am linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for her Tried It Tuesday linky party.

A few months back I tried implementing "I Have, Who Has" activities into my Language Arts classes. I first discovered them via Deb of Crafting Connections when I was reviewing subjects and predicates with my eighth graders. Deb has a free "I Have, Who Has" activity available in her TpT Store to help review this needed skill. I had heard a little about IHWH activities from blog posts that I had read, and Deb's description and thumbnail images of her product provided the oomph to get me to try one.

I am so glad that I did! My eighth graders really enjoyed the activity and benefitted not only from the subject/predicate practice but also from the active listening needed to successfully complete the activity. I picked up several more IHWH card sets on TpT by using the site's search feature and used them with all of the grades/subjects that I teach. All that is except religion. Sooo...

I decided to try my hand at making a set of "I Have, Who Has?" cards to help my students review the Stations of the Cross, something we have been studying during this Lenten season. I'm very pleased with how they turned out and made them available in my TpT store.

My sixth graders absolutely LOVE IHWH activities and when they found out about this one, they were so excited to try it. I was not disappointed with their performance. IHWH is the one time that all of the students are attentive and quiet... this is no small feat with my current crop of kiddos! They BEG to repeat each IHWH in order to improve their completion time. The Stations of the Cross IHWH was no different. Take a peak at how well they did with the activity... this is their second run-through. The first time took them just over three minutes.

Before we left for the day, one of the boys asked if we could do it again. I asked him why. His response... I LIKE IT and it helps me remember! YES!!!!!!
"I Have, Who Has" is a winner in my book. 
I'm so glad that I tried it!


  1. I love these activities. They are such a great way to get the whole class involved!


    1. I so agree, Mary! Even when the student is not speaking, he/she is required to listen, such a necessary skill that I find my students struggling more and more with each year.

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific week!

  2. I love using IHWH (nice acronym you used there!) and have had two teams before where each team tries to complete the round the fastest. They love the competition! Thanks so much for linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. My sixers would go wild for this type of competition! I'll have to give this way a try. Thanks so much for sharing.



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