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The game requires one magnetic spinner*. If you haven’t read my full post on the winner spinner you won’t want to miss it! It gives you a long list of game ideas that are so easy to run and super fun for the kids. Check out the full post here.
I draw one circle on the white board, chalk board (or smart board) and simply write fact on one side and opinion on the other.
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 classroom 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 camper spins. Give the group a word to use in their sentence.
One partner from each pair then has to write a fact or opinion using that word. The fact or opinion 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 to make sure it fits under fact or opinion. Then, I look for capitalization, spelling and punctuation errors. 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 continue to write more sentences, earning more points while they wait for every camper to finish their one sentence.
Continue play until everyone has had a turn to spin or the time allotted runs out!
NOTE: This game can address the following Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.1, W.K.2, W.1.1, W.1.2, W.2.1, W.2.2, W.3.1, W.3.2, W.4.1, W.4.2, W.5.1, W.5.2 L.K.1, L.K.1.E, L.K.1.F, L.K.2, L.K.2.A, L.K.2.B, L.1.1, L.1.1.D, L.1.1.G, L.1.1.H, L.1.1.I, L.1.1.J, L.1.2, L.1.2.B, L.1.2.D, L.2.1, L.2.1.B, L.2.1.D, L.2.1.F, L.2.2, L.2.2.C, L.3.1, L.3.1.I, L.3.2, L.3.2.F, L.4.1, L.4.1.E, L.4.1.F, L.4.1.G, L.4.2, L.4.2.A, L.5.1, L.5.2, RF.K.1.C, RF.1.1.A
We played this game after writing the following prompts: