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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quick and Fun Activity

Friday at the end of the day I was  the kids were tired.  We had everything accomplished for the day, our weekly tests were over, we had no specials and we only had a few minutes left before dismissal. 

My kiddos seem to be liking the riddle activities I made for them, so I thought I'd something similar on the board...A Riddle me Word activity.  Here's how we played.

I wrote six words on the board.  I started with simple CvC words that all my students could read or tap out.  For example:

dog     cat   gum   fox   mug   pig

Then we used the back of one of our worksheets (EGADS!)or center sheets that we had in our folder.  (We reuse our papers when we can--writing words, sounds, sentences, etc)    I had the students fold their papers into fourths (I'm getting math in there too!).  Each fourth on their paper would now be for a new set of words.

After the papers were folded, and the students had time to read the words to themselves, I started giving clues to find my word.  

For example:
1) My word has 3 letters.  The students looked at me, and said, "Mrs. Davis, they all have three letters".  I said, "Choose one.  The object of this game is to get my word by the time we get to the fifth clue."  So they all wrote a word down and I went on with my next clue.
2) My word doesn't make the /uh/ sound.  My kiddos just looked at me and said, but there are three words up there.  I said okay. Choose one. :)
3) My word is an animal.  Again, the kids looked at me, and said THREE of them are animals.  I smiled, and said choose one, but now you know my word can't be two of the words up there. If you wrote one of the other words, you know now to change it.  If you had already written a word that was an animal, you can write it again for your 2nd word if you'd like. 
4) My word is an animal you could keep in the house.  They were starting to see that their choices were narrowing down. 
5) My animal barks.

By the time we got to the fifth word, they all knew it was dog and had it written on the fifth line.  
Then they wanted to do it again....so who am I to argue?  We practiced with long vowel silent e words and also sight words.  They really seemed to have fun doing it.  It was a fun way to review sounds, listening skills, and reading simple words for my struggling kids.  

I just wanted to share with you--in case you need a little filler someday. :)

Also, here's the Riddle me This activity pack I made.  It was created to provide a fun way to get my students reading and spelling.  You can check it out by clicking the image below.
Have a great night! :)


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  2. I love this idea DeAnne and I think my kids would too! Thanks!!!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher


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