But anways, enough rambling about that. Long story short, one of my groups finished early. I have to brag on my teacher brain for a second, because at that moment I had a serious "lightbulb moment." I mean, it was like a 100 watt bulb going off in my head. We all know that kiddos looooove games--call any activity a game and they're all over it. I decided to take an old game and put a new twist on it AND THEY ATE IT UP.
Did anyone ever play "never have I ever"? We used to play it all the time in youth group (you know, a million years ago when I was in HS). This game is loosely based on the concept. My kids had picked four important facts about George Washington Carver and written/illustrated them on a piece of paper. We all sat in a circle, and one at a time I let them stand up and share a fact they wrote. If you wrote the same fact as the "sharer," then you stood up, too. All the kids that were standing then had to switch spots with someone else. SO SIMPLE, but they loved it! I couldn't believe it!
Needless to say, I was super proud of my teacher brain yesterday. It seems that my brain is getting good at being sneaky about getting kiddos to learn and like it, too. They had no idea that while they were playing the game, they were actually getting a great review.
Two random things, because I hate uploading a post with zero pictures:
I invented a prize for the best partners. I simply printed "Awesome Partners Award!" onto some return address labels and then gave it to the kids who worked together the best. A very effective but simple reward!
Last Friday we did a science experiment and then filled out a worksheet about it. If they finished early, they were supposed to write a sentence on the back about what we did. I'm just glad this kiddo was honest. :]