Gallia Paola. Game Worksheets. November 04th , 2018.
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.
In my 5th grade classroom, we use a math review series that’s engaging and entertaining at the same time. In essence they are simply halfpage handouts with ten standards based math problems woven into a special picture or exciting scene. Remember, I want to keep the math review time quick, but effective. My students are engaged in the activity because they are always eager to find out what the next scene will be, and how the math problems will be nestled within. They also like how within each handout I inscribe the title in a way that fits with the theme of that particular scene – another attention catching technique. And since this review activity only takes about fifteen minutes of class time, it is quick yet extremely beneficial. Point is, whatever it takes to get students actively involved with the reviewing process where they are not bored and effectively reviewing grade level material in order to prepare them for state or quarterly assessments. Hopefully this has inspired you to develop exciting and engaging review worksheets for your class when needed and your students achieve as much as they can when it comes time to test.
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.
Therefore creativity is a must for worksheets to be successful. Regardless if you are trying to review math, science, reading, writing, health, or social studies, your goal should always be to try and create something that will generate desire in the students to actually want to do it. If you can do this, the battle is practically over already. For example, since I want to make sure my students get accustomed to reviewing the various math concepts and standards we’ve learned all year, I have them practice regularly. I want them to get to a point where they are so familiar with grade level math content, that solving these types of problems becomes automatic. However, caution must be taken into account when review is repeatedly covered in your classroom. You do not want your students to become bored or frustrated with the repetition. Another important point I keep in mind is that I never want this regular math review time to take up and hour of class time. I want it to be quick but effective. This is not instructional time, but time for the students to review material they have already learned.
Avoid Tutoring ==> For the kids who are getting a little behind in school simply because they don’t have a good grasp of the basic concepts, worksheets are a great choice. If you talk to your child about obtaining a tutor because it will make it easier for him to learn and less stressful on you as a parent, he might cringe. Tutoring seems like an extension of school, which most kids will not care for. In place of tutoring, you can offer your child the opportunity to complete fun worksheets for kids at home to see if the skills improve. Make It a Game ==> If you print out sheets for your child to work on at home, you can make a game out of it. Rather than giving him the worksheet and sending him off to a quiet room to work on it by himself, you can engage with him, helping him complete it. Print out two sets of the work and have a race with him. When you let him win, you will build up his self-confidence, boosting his ability to learn the subjects with which he struggles.
Tip Top Tally Game made by Purple Pebble Games is geared for ages 4 and over. Friendly penguin characters lead players across the board, while trying to avoid the Slippery Slide and Icy Icicle. Children will use math concepts to add and subtract the numbers on the dice. The game is competitive enough to keep the interest of the players while encouraging them to use numbers. Math Animals Game, by Aristoplay, is recommended for ages 5 and over. The very colorful game board and the animal playing pieces raises the interest level. Players roll the dice and move around the board in an effort to land on the animal that represents the highest number. Math skills like addition, subtraction and multiplication are introduced. Totally Tut Board Game from Learning Resources is best played by children 6 years and older. Players move through rows of pyramids by using number and operation triangles to solve math problems. Basic math skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are used. Children must also guard against their opponents which also introduces strategic thinking.
Care should be taken to give children worksheets that they are capable of doing. This involves understanding and monitoring the child continually, since the level of attainment of different children would often be quite different. The worksheet should challenge the child but not overwhelm her. If the worksheet is too easy or too repetitive, it may bore the child and she would not be happy. If the activity is too difficult it would frustrate her and she would not like to take up more sheets. The children should love to do the worksheets; they should not be thrust upon them. Also doing only worksheets alone repeatedly would not be very productive. You should have a range of physical games and activities as well that would reinforce the concepts learnt. Here are a few ideas for such activities: ==> The alphabet song: This remains a lovely way to practise the alphabet. Sing it slowly and sing it often. If you have a large alphabet chart and point out to each letter while you sing, it will be of great value. You can give all children letter cards in order (alphabet flashcards); they can hold up each letter as it is sung.
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