This has been a winner game EVERY TIME with my students!!!
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And this game makes buying your magnetic spinners* so worth it!
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For silly sentences, I draw two circles on the white board, chalk board (or smart board). I divide the circles into 8 sections.
This can be played in one of two ways.
First, both circles can be filled with ANY (appropriate) words that the students give. I call on students one at a time to tell me a word. Then, I write it into one of the sections. I continue until all sections are filled and we play! (detailed directions below).
Second, and most often, we fill the first circle with vocabulary or words with a spelling pattern that we’re working on. This is where the ideas are ENDLESS.
You can choose words that your kids need to practice and know. You can use Math, Science, History, Language vocabulary. ANY words. Doesn’t matter. The game is fun EVERY TIME because the second circle is filled with ANY (appropriate) words that the kids give.
For example, if you were working on contractions. You’re circles might look like this:
Here we were working on irregular past verbs (left circle). The right circle was filled with words the students gave, scorpion, farted, tired and done. Using my own discretion, I allowed the word farted. Needless to say, the kids laughed A LOT and had fun writing!
During our Harry Potter-Fantasy writing camp, we used Harry Potter characters in the left circle and chosen words in the right. I wish you could have heard the laughs. I was enjoying the campers so much that I didn’t take any pictures (sigh). It’s truly a winner game!
Here we were practicing contractions and learning about flowers. So we combined the two.
In the case below we had kinds of lemurs on the left and super heroes on the right.
Now on how to play!
For smaller groups (up to 8) I divide the board into 4 sections. A pair is assigned to each section.
For larger groups, or if I don’t have a large whiteboard, I divide the group into pairs. I give each pair a small white board, dry erase marker and a sock to serve as an eraser. You can purchase a class pack on Amazon*.
One child spins. One partner in each pair takes a turn writing a a sentence that uses both words. The sentence can be normal or super silly!
In order to earn a point, the sentence has to have a capital letter, spacing, correct spelling and a period at the end.
Once they’ve completed their sentence, they don’t say anything. They just hold up their white board.
I look at it. If there is one mistake, I hold up 1 finger. If there are 2 mistakes, 2 fingers, 3 mistakes, 3 fingers, 4 mistakes, 4 fingers. If there are no mistakes, I give them a thumbs up and they tally a point.
If they have a mistake they continue to correct the sentence until I give them a thumbs up. Campers who get a thumbs up right away can keep writing new sentences, earning more points, until each camper has finished their one sentence.
Once each pair has correctly written the sentence, then we move onto the next turn. We continue play until the time allotted runs out!
We’ve played this game after the following writing prompts:
Puddle Jumping-Fantasy (Using words like rain, puddles, splash, drops etc.)
Farm Animals-An Idiom Story (Using horse vocabulary)
Never Ending Syrup Sundae-Instructions (Using instruction words and/or ice cream toppings)
Gnome in a Pumpkin Patch (Using the words like gnome, vine, pumpkin and garden)
Ring-Tailed Lemurs Stink Fight (Using the words bounce, waft, squeak, scent)
Name Shape Insect (Using bug names)
The “Q-U” Queen-Fairy Tale (Using words that start with ‘qu’)
End of Summer-Friendly Letter (Using whatever words in both circles)
Candy Cane Ornament-Instructions (Using instruction words or Christmas vocabulary)