Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today's topic is, how to create a vocabulary learning game using an online tool.
Classtools.net is a great resource that can be used to enhance vocabulary development.
Follow these steps:
1. First, go to Classtools.net
2. Click on the pull-down menu that is named Select A Template. Select the template Random Name Picker.
3. Next, type the vocabulary words in the yellow book. For example, you may want to focus on the writing vocabulary words: plan, draft, revise, and edit.4. Then, you can select Typewriter or Fruit Machine to activate the random selection of a word.
5. Now we are ready to play the game!
A. Put your students in groups of two. Use a projector to allow your entire class to see the random name picker you created.
B. Each time a word is randomly generated the students will take turns asking and telling each other the definition of a vocabulary word.
C. For example, let's pretend the word plan was randomly generated. Here is a sample conversation that might take place:
Student 1: "What is the definition of plan?"
Student 2: "The definition of plan is a picture or sketch that tells what you are going to write about."
Student 1: "You said, a plan is a picture or sketch that tells what you are going to write about. That is correct."
D. Then, the students will switch roles and a new word will be randomly selected.
Thanks to classtool.net you now have a new tool to use in your classroom!
There are a variety of ways classtools.net can be used. Please post your ideas in the comments section. We would love to hear your great ideas!
Monday, February 16, 2009
There are also subtraction, division, and multiplication versions of the game. Each game has cute and clever interactive aspect to it. The division game is especially enticing. The player must choose from four crocodiles with answers. When the correct one is selected the player brushes the crocodile's teeth, ekk!
These games can be used to build fluency with math facts. It can be used as a center activity or as a whole group warm up activity. Who knew math could be so fun, and dangerous?
Sheppardsoftware.com has a variety of interactive educational games for all academic areas. Among the plethora of games on this site are two related to counting money. Sheppard Software claims that they make learning fun, and I would have to agree.
Coinmadness is a fun money matching game where you must find the coins that equal a predetermined amount.
Matching Money is a concentration game where the students must match the coins with the written amount.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I had a great time creating this template. We will use our template to review concepts that we have learned in grammar this school year. The pictures below show you what a completed template looks like.
Would like to play our game? Click here to see if you are smarter than a First Grader.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
This site operates from Fort Vancouver Regional Library Districts' site in Washington. In order for it to work you must stay within the library's website. This is why the hyperlinks navigate you to the library's main page and not directly to Tumblebooks. To find the link to Tumblebooks scroll down a bit one the main page. If you can't get to a book that you want, go back to the original website and click on tumblebooks and re-navigate to the one you want.