A Little Game for Roald Dahl Day

I’ve rejigged a little adjective game I made so that it can be used for Roald Dahl Day.

It’s pretty straightforward:

  1. Load this webpage:  fantasticadjectives
  2. Read the text with the class
  3. Ask them to add their favourite adjectives in the boxes below
  4. Click “Fox It Up”
  5. And reread.

Happy to make some more if people like them.

Simple Current Affairs Game for Children

The following seems to be going down well with my class. They are both enjoying it and seem to be learning more about current affairs at the same time.

What it is

Once a week when the children (who are 10 or 11 years old) come into class for morning registration, I’ll have something like this up on the whiteboard.

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The game is simple. They need to do three things:

  1. spot the mistakes on the site
  2. say what the correction should be and
  3. explain what the story is about.

So, for example, with the above they’d need to

  1. spot that it shouldn’t be Holly and Drew, (or Amelia, or Nora, or Armand);
  2. suggest something close to businesses and
  3. explain that it has to do with the Scottish vote for independence and businesses saying they will move south if Scotland breaks away from the Union.

So far, the children are in loose teams but (and I’m pleased about this) they’re more interested in the stories behind the news than points. So far the feedback has been good, from children and parents. Continue reading Simple Current Affairs Game for Children

PSHE game idea

Clarence commented that

“I need to teach my students about current trends in the world: urbanization, globalization, climate change, the UN, etc. I REALLY was not interested in the standard research and essay type of project.”

Me too. And happily it looks like Clarence has come up with a great idea for doing it. Thinking about extending the game he invented so that we collaborate on the whiteboards. 4 classes all looking at the same map and seeing it change as decisions are made. All very Obama…

Our children know

From < a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creating-Tomorrows-Schools-Today-Education/dp/1855393948">Dan Gerver:

Our children know exactly what school is for and the successful ones know how to play the game. School is about hurdles and about first past the post. They must score in their spelling and tables tests, they mus achieve the right level in their tests, they must get a smiley face for their story. The next time your child says they have written a story at school, ask them why. You may well get a vacant expression. If you’re lucky, they will say ‘Because that’s what we do on Friday mornings.’ Ask them if it was any good. If you get past, ‘It was all right’, ask how they know. ‘Well, I got a sticker’ might be the reply. Shouldn’t writing a story be to entertain, create laughter tensions, excitement? Shouldn’t we know we’ve succeeded because the teacher laughed, cried or was scared witless? Many children see school as a series of challenges set by grown-ups for no other purpose than to pass exams set by grown-ups. Is it any wonder so many opt out at the earliest opportunity?

The Boardgame Remix Kit – new ways to play your favourite board games

The Boardgame Remix Kit works with all the great family favourites. It's got twenty five games that you can play using the boards and pieces you've already got.<br />
As well as smoothing out or speeding up a standard game, the kit can turn Monopoly* into a family poker tournament, Trivial Pursuit* into a surrealist parlour game; Scrabble* into fight between a wasp and a robot, and Cluedo* into a zombie invasion.

Source: here

Measuring Angles

Pactice lining up and reading a protractor while you measure a set of angles in this fun learning activity. The angles may range from 0° to 180°. The interactive protractor is already lined up with the vertex of each angle but you will have to rotate the protractor into proper position. The margin of error is only 1° and you must report measurement to the nearest whole number.

Source: here