I have had quite a few days to think about this and I was stewing about what to focus my post on. What can I say? Steph deserves a really great idea with a rockin' freebie attached. So, after "sleeping on it" for multiple nights, here's what I have for you today . . .
NOUN STORM - DICE GAME
I came up with this silly little game during my first year teaching first grade (roughly four years ago). My kiddos seem to get a kick out of it every year and they never seem to notice that they are involved in some higher-level skills review practice . . . bwwwwwwaaaaahahahahahaha!
This can be played during reading/literacy rotations or as a whole class activity (parters/small table groups). It just depends how many ABC die you can get your hands on :) Or . . . here's another thought . . . if you don't have these special die, you can have your kids pull letter cards out of a bag.
Interested? Here's how this little ditty goes. For simplicity sake, I am going to talk about this in "whole-class partner game" terms :)
- Group your children into sets of two or three. Provide each child with a game sheet and each group with one ABC die.
- Students take turns rolling the ABC die. When a letter comes up, it is written in the letter box on the game sheet.
- The group works together to come up with three nouns that begin with that letter. (I always let them re-roll if they get an "x" because that is an absolute mood killer.) Each member of the group records these nouns on his/her game sheet.
- Finally, each student writes his/her own super sentence including one or more of the nouns they brainstormed (it's your call on how many they have to use).
That's it folks. It's quick. It's little-prep. It's learning disguised as play! If you are interested in trying this out in your classroom, the game sheet is available for download below.
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**NOTE - I like to run these back to back as four rounds seems to be just enough**
A HUGE thank you to Stephanie for letting me crash here today. It was such fun! Pop on over to Teacher Idea Factory and visit me sometime :)