January 2009




Place the flash cards randomly on the floor in the middle of the room. Divide the class into two teams. Choose one child from each team to come up and play. Call out a word. The first child to stomp on it wins a point for their team.


This game is similar to stomp. The teacher calls out a word and the first child to pick it up wins a point for their team.


Children sit in a circle. One child (it) stands behind the first child in the circle. The teacher holds up a flash card. The first one to identify it moves and stands behind the second child in the circle. The object is to see who can go all “around the world” .


Spread flash cards randomly on the floor. Play music and have the children do a silly dance. When the music stops, each child finds a word and “freezes” on the word. Point to children and ask them to read their word. Then play music for some more “dancing and freezing.”


Divide the class into two teams facing each other. Pass out flash cards to each child. Children hold up their flash cards so the opposite team can see their words. Teams take turns saying, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (word) right over.” The child holding that word then walks over and joins the other team.

(You can also add motions, such as “skip right over,” or “hop right over.”)


Each child takes a sheet of paper and writes a word wall word, spelling word, math fact, etc. on it. Children wad up their sheet of paper to make it a “snowball.” Divide the class into two teams and have them stand about 20 feet from each other. When the teacher says, “Let it snow!” children begin throwing their snowballs at the opposite side. Children pick up a snowball and identify the information on it before throwing it back at the other side. The game continues until the teacher says, “Freeze!” Count the number of snowballs on each side. Who has more? Who has less? In this game, the team with the smaller amount is actually the winner! Everyone gets another snowball and the game continues.

• At the beginning of the school year, have children write their names on snowballs and play the game. It’s a great way to get acquainted with classmates.

• As a study review, have children write questions on the snowballs. When children open them they must answer the question before throwing it again.

Hint! Tell the children that if they don’t know the answer, it’s O.K. to ask a friend for help.

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