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Sight Word (high-frequency word memorization i.e. “Treasures 1st Grade Sight Words” assessment sheet on this website)
Materials- athletic equipment, completed student sight word assessments words needing practice (either “non-instantaneous” or incorrect) circled, laminated word cards, open play area
1) Student(s) have master list of their particular words needing practice (circled) to study and leave behind while searching for that word in the word pile later.
2) Student leaves list behind to search through word card pile in another location (egg hunt style, cross gym, cross playground, etc.) reached while performing some physical task (dribbling ball, scooters, skipping, “juggling” ball, tapping flat tennis balls, jump roping, etc.)
3) Student finds one (or more at your discretion) word(s) at a time to bring back to place on master list for collection.
4) At end of game, students arrange and read aloud through all the word cards they found. They also read the words from their lists they did not find to practice for next session.
5) In line returning to class ask students to share one of the words they didn’t find and ask them to spell it aloud to you.
Multi-step Process/Sequences (math algorithms, science processes, historical event sequence, etc. i.e. “Long Division Steps” document on this website)
Materials-appropriate gym equipment, station # signs with descriptions of step, open play area
1) Teacher posts paper signs around gym, playground, or open classroom designating “stations” 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. with descriptions of that stage of the process being learned for example: Long division (step 1) “Estimate # of divisors in front end of dividend”, Battle of Bull Run (Step 1) “General Beauregard orders the 33rd VA and Pendelton's Battery to move up and engage the approaching Union forces,” Geology (step 1), “Heat in Earth’s core is conducted through mantle” etc.
2) Students proceed from station 1 to 2, etc. filling in information on sheet and perform some physical task (dribble basketball across court, wheelbarrow partner across grass, scooter across gym, etc.)
Vocabulary/Concept Memorization (word definitions, concept matching, etc.)
Materials-any appropriate sports equipment, laminated (or not) word cards, laminated (or not) definition/diagram cards
1) Teacher prepares cards with words, definitions/descriptive diagrams for students to match.
2) Students have either definition/diagram cards to match with the word cards located across playroom, field, or court.
3) Student performs physical task (dribble basketball across court, wheelbarrow partner across grass, scooter across gym, etc.) to get to word card/definition/diagram pile to find matches.
Math Fact and Other Memorization Games
Materials – appropriate gym equipment, open play area, completed math fact assessment (free at: www.math-drills.com) and “x/+ Math Grids” on this website
1) Find out which facts (+, -, x, or /) your student needs to work on. (Don’t practice the easy ones like 2+2!) Have several of those problems and answers prepared on a piece of paper.
2) Another game (appropriate for students who know many facts, but are still slow on many) is to have one person (“shouter”)call out the other person’s (shooter) “hard” problems (slow or incorrect on assessment) and the “shooter” has to say the answer then perform a physical task (shoot a basket, throw the football, do a cartwheel, etc.). After they get 5 problems and accompanying tasks correct, switch “shouter” and “shooter.”
3) One type of game (appropriate for when students are just starting to learn + or x facts) is to have blank addition or multiplication table grids (for example) and the student does a physical task then a row (lower #’s) or a half row (high #’s) on the grid (i.e. 3x1 through 3x12).