Carlotta Anaëlle. Game Worksheets. September 15th , 2018.
Most people are familiar with the game of bingo. We tend to think of it as a leisurely game mostly played by seniors, and while this is often the case, it is also the case that variations of the standard game are also used in teaching – including in K-12 education and in English as a Foreign/Second Language (usually abbreviated to ”EFL” or ”ESL”) classes. Additionally, games of bingo can also be a fun activity for social and family events such as wedding showers, baby showers, and family gatherings at holidays such as July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas. As you probably know, standard games of bingo are played using bingo worksheets (also known as ”bingo cards”) containing a selection of numbers – the bingo players’ goal is to find matching squares as numbers are called out by the bingo caller. In educational and holiday versions of bingo however, the game play is varied somewhat – the squares can contain letters, words or phrases appropriate to the particular game – for example, in a game of Christmas bingo, the squares might contain words such as ”Santa Claus”, ”Christmas Tree”, and ”Magi”. Likewise, in an educational game, the contents of the bingo worksheets will be based on the particular subject or lesson being taught – in a game of math bingo, the squares may contain numbers which are answers to math problems called out by the teacher, in a game of reading bingo, the squares might contain words chosen from the Dolch sight word list, and so on.
The class then plays bingo. In some subjects, for example if teacher younger kids the alphabet or to recognize Dolch sight words, the teacher may simply call out items that are printed on the bingo worksheets, and students need to find matches on their cards. In other cases, the teacher may call out a clue or question (such as a Spanish word, or a math problem) and students have to find to solve the problem and find the match (such as the English translation of the Spanish word, or the answer to the math problem). Of course the key requirement to play any of these versions of bingo in a classroom is a set of suitable bingo worksheets. Obviously it would not be a good use of the teacher’s time to spend a long time manually writing out bingo worksheets. Likewise, while it may be possible to buy preprinted educational bingo worksheets, this can get expensive quite quickly if many different worksheets are needed, and in any case, preprinted worksheets may not contain the exact items that the teacher wants for his or her class. The best answer is to use a computer and some bingo worksheet generator software – this way the teacher can quickly and easily prepare custom bingo worksheets whenever they are needed.
Read, read and read some more ==> You don’t need worksheets for this one either, but you may want to join the local library rather than spend a fortune on books that your child outgrows as quickly as they outgrow their clothes! The more you read to your child, with your child and in front of your child, the quicker they will learn to read, and learn how to enjoy it too. Remember that reading is not only used to read novels. Your child will have to read instructions, worksheets, text books and test papers for a long time. The better they can read, the better their comprehension will be, and the better their test scores will be too. A comprehensive set of printable preschool worksheets will cover the basic skills your child needs so they can start school with confidence.
The key is to find the best worksheets that will encourage children to learn and have fun at the same time without any confusion. If they are too difficult, they will lead to the child becoming confused. They should be at the child’s level to be effective. The English language rules can be difficult for young learners in the beginning. That’s why these products are available and recommended. Different products will teach the different rules including vowels and consonants, diphthongs, digraphs, etc. These are fun because they use games and puzzles to teach the numerous rules. Such games include story, writing, painting, picture and quizzing games all related to phonetics. The truth is that learning for children has to be creative and fun, otherwise you risk boredom. This will lead to disinterest in the child and is something that has to be avoided at all costs. Thankfully, professionally skilled people that are experts in teaching children and the English language are those who develop these instructional products and so they do all they can to be more interesting to young minds. If used properly, you will find that your kids are learning to read, write and speak better and faster. Therefore, it is recommended that the various products be used in unison in order to get the most from the particular program. The worksheets can be a clear indication of how well your child is learning the lessons. To get a good idea of what is available, you can talk to teachers and even check online. In fact, there are lots of different products available free online that you and your young one can try together.
The common element in most educational versions of bingo is the use of modified bingo worksheets. Instead of the standard worksheets that contain numbers, the teacher creates, ahead of class, worksheets that contain items chosen for the lesson. In the math class, the items might still be numbers, but the numbers are the answers to problems called out by the teacher. In a language class, the worksheets might be printed with Spanish or French words, which the students must match to calls made in English by the teacher. Really there are almost endless possible variations, and innovative teachers are inventing new ones all the time. You might think that this is all very well, but where can the special customized bingo worksheets be obtained. Obviously, it would not be a good use of a busy teacher’s time to spent a lot of time manually preparing a worksheet for each student. Fortunately, there is an answer – a PC and some bingo worksheet creator software can make light work of printing worksheets on any theme that the teacher chooses.
Some examples of educational variants of bingo include: * Sight Word Bingo – This is used to help teach children reading skills, particularly of sight words (such as words on the Dolch sight word list), which are words that students can not easily sound out but most learn to recognize. The teacher calls out a word, and the students look for the corresponding word printed on their bingo worksheet (or ”bingo card”). * Math Bingo – This version of bingo is played using bingo worksheets printed with numbers. However, these are not the standard numbers used on bingo cards, but instead are the answers to math problems called out by the teacher. The problems can be as hard or as easy as the teacher chooses, and this method can be used for a variety of math topics include additions, subtractions, multiplications, divisions, fractions, decimals, rounding, etc. * Foreign Language Bingo – The bingo worksheets are printed with words in the particular foreign language, say Spanish, and the teacher makes bingo calls in English. Students must translate the bingo calls, and then find the corresponding square on their bingo worksheet.
While the game of bingo is usually thought of a leisure activity, and indeed it is often played as such, it is also true that variations on the standard game of bingo are often used by teachers and educators. Indeed versions of bingo have been applied to teaching of K-12 subjects such as reading, vocabulary and math, to teaching foreign languages such as Spanish, French, German and Italian, and in corporate training environments, for example in safety courses.
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