As you may remember we have a bunch of different games and activities for geometry. Shape identification is an important skill acquired in the lower elementary grades. So today’s Freebie Friday is Shape Bingo, which provides a fun, engaging, play-based method to have students practice both the construction of shapes as well as the identification. This activity can be played using two or three dimensional shapes. I have also used it as part of a unit on differentiating quadrilaterals. It is a game that is easily modified to suit a teacher curricular needs, and as such I have found it to be an excellent substitute teacher activity or even a home learning game.
In the classroom, I have used Shape Bingo across the grades by modifying the shapes I ask my students to fill their bingo. For example, for the younger grades will choose squares, triangles, diamonds, squares and rectangles. Furthermore, for primary students I will often model the shapes by drawing each on the board and labeling them and allowing the students to copy them directly. Whereas, for the intermediate and upper grades I will often write only the word on the board (e.g. cube, sphere, cone etc.) and ask my students to draw the shape independently.
In my experience this activity provides excellent repetitive practice in drawing the different shapes. As such, I often will collect the game boards after the activity as a formative assessment measure to see how efficiently my students can compose the different shapes. Continue reading “Freebie Friday: Shape Bingo”
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I am sure many of you are busily prepping your holiday Turkeys and readying your cranberry sauce. We too are busy organizing our long weekend adventures. Being a Canadian living in NYC, I have already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving. That, however, doesn’t dampen my excitement for American Thanksgiving which is coming up this month. I have been busily creating some fun holiday activities for both home and school.
The first is a free Thanksgiving word search which can be downloaded at my teacher’s pay teachers store.It is a pretty straight forward activity that I usually have on hand for an early finisher resources.
The second activity is one of my favourites for helping kids hone in on the sentiment of the season. Head over to my store to download my What I am Thankful For handout. The aim of the activity is to have a child brainstorm something they are thankful for that aligns with each letter of the alphabet. If I am doing this activity in the classroom I will often turn it into a math lesson by gathering all the responses for certain letters then graphing the results as a class. This helps students master some of the graphing and data analysis learning outcomes. However, it also highlights what the class is thankful for and always leads to a great classroom discussion.
The last resource is a fun, at home Thanksgiving activity. It is a great way to keep little minds busy as you are prepping your Thanksgiving feasts. You can download my Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt on my TpT store also. Doll out a copy of the scavenger hunt to each child and send them on their way to hunt for all the Thanksgiving and fall items. I usually have prizes on hand for those who complete the whole chart.
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
We have been connecting with bloggers all over the place these past few weeks and loving it. Last week you may remember our Halloween Bingo was featured on Teaching Blog Addict. Then on Monday our Sight Word Go Fish game was featured on the Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational’s Monday Roundup. Our recipes popped up on A Mommy Too! Then to make it even better last week we were also highlighted by Creative Family Fun’s A Week of After School Activities. Our On a Roll sight word game was showcased, and we couldn’t be more flattered. Head over to Creative Family Fun to check out the other resources they shared. There are some great ideas housed there!