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Old 08-06-2010, 07:16 PM
 
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What types of activities do you do with your students when you have an extra 5-10 minutes? I like to play Sparkle and Around the World with flash cards, but would like some more ideas.


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I Have, Who Has?
Old 08-06-2010, 07:25 PM
 
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I have several decks of I Have, Who Has? cards for both math and reading skills readily available for those extra 5-10 minutes.

We also play "Guess the Word" with word wall words. I give the students 4-5 clues about a mystery word and they try to guess the word I'm thinking of.
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A box of riddles...
Old 08-06-2010, 08:25 PM
 
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Every year I run off a box of riddles on various colours of paper. When we have a minute to fill, we grab a riddle, read it, take three guesses then read the riddle and answer all over again. Then often we have to discuss why it's funny! Of course they all laugh but they often don't get the joke so the discussion is important.

In the beginning of the year, the child picks the riddle but I read it. By the end of the year the kids read them on their own.

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Riddles?
Old 08-06-2010, 08:35 PM
 
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cvolcteacher where do you get your riddles? I love this idea and wanted to do something similar last year, but never got around to it.

Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:36 AM
 
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I started collecting them years ago from riddle and joke books in the public and school library, children's magazines too. You often have to look far and wide to find ones suitable for very young children––ones that they could understand.

These days if I'm looking for a joke about some specific topic, like Christmas or the ocean or bears, I simply do a google search online.

I might type in
ocean children riddles.

Again, you just have to wade through many that are not suitable for young kids.

Have fun with this one!
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:42 AM
 
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Ranger Rick magazine also has a "Readers Riddles" section with animal riddles.
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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I love asking my kiddos brain quest questions. We start off with the first grade decks and then move on to second grade. The children love it plus it reviews old skills and introduces new skills. If it's too hard, I just skip to the next question.
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