Erin, at I'm Lovin' Lit!!! I just love all her ideas even though she teaches middle school... I can almost always adapt the ideas to my fourthsters!
Today, I wanted to share ways to make "boring" games more interactive. You know the ones. Sorting... Matching... I'm all about using those games, and for the most part, kids love them! They'd certainly never tell you they'd rather do a worksheet than a matching game... but sometimes, let's be honest... flipping over a card trying to find its match, or moving some cards around to put them in order... it's not that exciting. So I've adapted my games a bit to get the kids up and moving! I also love that I can take center games, that would usually take a week for all the kids to rotate through, and make them whole group games that take 10-15 minutes!
Yesterday, I teased you in my post about my idiom matching cards... they came from my 30 Idioms Pack.
Another traditional game that I make more interactive is number sorting. We are working on decimals right now, so I passed out number cards- one for each student. Then they had to put themselves in order from least to greatest, but there's a catch... they CAN'T TALK. Oh man. You have to try this... it's so funny how frustrated they get with people in the wrong place and they have to just use hands and facial expressions to tell them they aren't right. For example... this happens EVERY year, no matter how many times we talk about the equivalents of tenths and hundredths (3 tenths = 30 hundredths). My tenths cards will line up as least because, as seen below, 3 is less than 10.
I hope these give you some more options to play games in your room! :o) I'd love to hear if you have any other ideas of making "center games" quick whole group games!