I went to a conference yesterday about centers. Now, I don't run centers in my classroom because I am always working with only a small group of students. But, I love the different ideas that students can do in centers and many of them work very well in the my small groups. Just a little reminder to everyone that I was reminded yet again: if you want kids to learn and enjoy school then you need to make learning FUN! I got some great ideas today that I hope to implement into my reading/math groups over the next couple of weeks (end of the year motivation!!) and I will share some of them with you in some later blog posts. Here is an idea of
something EASY that I made up this year and the kids beg me to play this "game" believe it or not.
Are you ready?? Here it is, creatively named SPEED CARD. I just came up with this on the top of my head one day when we were practicing sight words with flashcards- yes, I know, BORING!! Exactly!! So, I said, "who wants to play a game today??" Of course they all do, right??
OK- here are the rules... I have a stack of "sight words" (you will need quite a few and you can put in several of the same words if you want) and I quickly pass one to each student around the table. They have to read the card quickly and then pass it back to me and I give them a new card. I keep giving them a new card every time they throw one back into my pile. The game goes very quick but they love it!!
Boy- is it hard on the teacher- they are SO FAST at reading those words I can hardly keep up with them. I have also done this with CVC words and CCVC words.
MAKE IT FUN!! I need this reminder every now and then- this "game" is pretty corny but when you hear the kids ask almost everyday- "are we going to play speed card today?", I say- let's do it!!