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Old 07-01-2006, 05:05 PM
 
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What are your favorite fun quick team-building cooperative games or games to review skills?

My kids LOVE to play the spelling game Sparkle (kids all stand in a circle and the teacher gives a spelling word, each student gives a letter at a time going around the circle, the student who has the last letter gets to say sparkle and the next student is out... or the student after the last letter says sparkle and the student after them is out!)

What other great ideas do you all have?


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A quick vocab review game my students have enjoyed I call Word Splash.

I divide the class into teams...either in 2 large groups or smaller groups of 3 or 4...5 seems too big. I let them use their notes or book to help with review, if it is early in the unit, or without if it is toward the end of the unit of study.

I have made a transparency for the overhead with a big splash on it...about the entire size of the transparency. Inside of the ring of the splash, I have quickly written words or phrases that the students need to review. Each team gets a turn and if the previous team has missed a definition, the next team gets that word plus another word or phrase of their choice. Sometimes I give points for correct answers, sometimes we just play.

It is a very quick game that requires minimal prep time for the teacher. I reuse the transparency and use a wipe off marker to program in the words.

I also use Jeopardy as a review prior to a test. I make a large grid on paper with the info and points on it so I can always have it in my file for that unit. I put the points on the board and wipe off the amounts they have answered correctly. Once I have made the grid paper, the first time, it is reusable each year. IF I had access to a projector, I would just use my computer to project the grid. BUT, I have to schedule the computer lab to do that at my school. ( Only 1 projector for primary, and 1 for intermediate. Only used in the computer lab.)

I also put vocab words on cards, choose a student, have them sit on my stool up front. I hold the card above their heads. They have 3 chances to call on a different student to give them clues to guess the "Mystery Word" that is above their heads. After 3 tries, I draw names and a new student comes to the stool.

Hope this helps.
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i use Bingo for just about everything! you asked about cooperative games--i've never played it that way, but you could (it's actually a great idea!) i have the students write either the definition or the concept on the boards and then you call out either the concept or the definition. if you did it in groups, they would collaborate on putting the board together, help each other listen for answers/questions, and discuss the correct answer before placing marker on board. (i use dried pinto beans for markers--i saw that a colleague puts her markers in film cannisters so they're ready to go.) i love the team idea! i'll have to try that out next year.

i also do Team Tournaments. Groups of 4 (or whatever). Teacher has list of questions (sometimes i use the SMARTBoard--especially for visual math problems). group has 1 minute to solve and give answer. (i start the year with Newell's Rules for Games--first answer called out is it--you must collaborate--teacher has final say, etc--so no griping because they know the rules of how to play any game) if that group can't answer, it goes to the next group and so on. everyone has same number of attempts/questions. team with most points gets prize (sometimes i give small candy prize to everyone if all were working hard).

not cooperative (but i suppose you could play 2 against 2)--Concentration/Memory--have (or premake) students make cards for concepts (could be pictoral or verbal--1 concept/1 answer or definition). shuffle and turn cards upside down, students then need to find the matches.

a favorite (not really cooperative--but they do have "teams"):
Vocabulary Basketball--have garbage can at front of room; students have one or two scrap paper crumpled balls. mark off several strips of tape in about 1 foot intervals from garbage can to back of room (number depends on your grade/expectations/student ability). divide class into 2 "even" teams--line them up on either side of the room. taking turns, they step up to first line--you give a word (for example, "ominous"). the first line represents the definition--if student gets it right, s/he move up a line and can shoot the ball and take 1 point for definition and 1 point for basket (if s/he can make it) or tries for the next mark. here are some of the skills you can use: spell the word, use the word in a sentence, give a synonym, what part of speech, antonym (the closer you get to the can, the easier to make the shot and get that point--the more skills you get, the more points.) the more points you get, the more for your team. to keep all students playing when it's not their turn, you can have them using response boards (small white boards or laminated folders) and write down everything they know about a word and check their ideas against "ballplayer".
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