I usually avoid fly swatter games in my small groups. I know they are popular but they can get crazy and someone often gets swatted by accident. I dislike ending my classes with a student in tears! However, this game works pretty well. I have two versions depending on the group of kiddos I'm working… Continue reading Digraph Swat!
I love to use this activity with my small groups. It is versatile, easy to differentiate and always popular. Make I use a large piece of poster board. The dollar store usually has sheets. I draw a tree trunk and branches. I'm not an artist so it is crude but recognizable! I write the words that… Continue reading Sight Word Apple Tree
I was looking for a quick spelling game last week when I remembered this activity. I used to play it with math facts, but it was easily adapted for spelling. To Play I gave each player a white board and marker. I also gave each player a score sheet. I put 6… Continue reading 6 Down: A Spelling Game
This is another "as simple as it gets" reading activity. It is very popular with my K-3 students. All you need are some Duplo blocks, a sharpie marker, and a die. My four kids are all grown, but I still have some favorite toys including Duplo and Lego blocks. I put them out for siblings to play… Continue reading Reading Towers
I've made a lot of reading games over the years, and for the most part, my students love them. But by far, the most popular games are the ones the students create themselves. This is always a hit. I try to add game making to at least one class with most students and groups I… Continue reading Kid Designed Reading Games
One of the favorite activities in my pre-k literacy groups is the "feely box." It is so simple but my students ask for it again and again. They get excited every single time I take this can out. My mom was a preschool teacher when I was growing up and she played this game with her… Continue reading Letter Guessing Game
A fun no prep activity Draw a ladder. We like to make a big one on a large white board, but paper works just as well. If you only have a few minutes just make 6-7 rungs. If you have more time make it larger. Write a word on the bottom rung. Each player takes a… Continue reading Word Ladders