Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Study Chapter 4

I am linking up with Kate from Queen of the First Grade Jungle, taking part in the book study group Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites by Marcia L. Tate. This chapter is about playing games! 

At the beginning of this chapter Marcia write:

When students are engrossed in game playing, the stress is lessened, and memory for content is increased! 

Begin this game by placing the cards facing down. Take turns turning over two cards at a time. The object of the game is to get a match with a domino card and an equation. This game focuses on doubles. 

Have students fill in the chart below with numbers 0-10. Every box needs to have a number in it. The numbers can be in any order. The first person flips a card. The number cards are in the download. 

Owen: Flips the number five he has to find the number on the board that will make ten

Owen finds the number five and colors it in. 

Owen's partner Finn takes a card; he gets a three. He needs to find the number seven on the board and color it in. 

The object of the game is to get four in a row. 


I blogged about this here. The students play charades using our vivid verb cards. Students make illustrations to go with the vocabulary words.


In this fun game, two players put a card on their foreheads (the teacher hands them the card). The audience shouts out the SUM. The two players need to look at the other persons card to figure out what card in on their head. 


  1. And taking that stress away is such a gift, isn't it?!? I just feel like our little ones ARE under stress...and WHY? At least we can incorporate games and meet their most basic of needs - to have fun.

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. I LOVE the 123 Salute idea. I can't wait to try it. The kids must get a kick out of this! It gets everyone involved and participating. Thanks so much for sharing this idea.

  3. I 2 3 Salute looks like lots of fun! I am loving all the great ideas I am getting from this book study.

  4. I love Make 10 and 1 2 3 Salute! My team just talked about composing and decomposing numbers to 10. These games would be great to practice those numbers skills!

    A Very Curious Class

  5. Holly, You're so true about the STRESS in kids!! I hear it in my own kids, when it comes to learning. This chapter reminded me off the importance of adding fun things to learning! Melissa

  6. Thanks for all of the comments about 123 Salute...your class with LOVE it. Just remember to match kids according to their level. It is a great game when you need something quick to do during a transition! Melissa

  7. LOVE the 123 Salute! Will be trying this with my kinders ASAP! Thanks so much for this great idea!

  8. Emily, Thank you for the comment! Melissa


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