We’ve all been there…It’s small group and station or center time. You are in the middle of small group when you hear them!!! Those words of horror… “I’m done! What can I do now?” What do you do? Sweat pops out between your shoulder blades and your mind goes blank.
The words are, “Shall we play a game?“, which is a throw back to an old 1980’s movie…”War Games”. Sometimes trying to get our students excited about class work can be like a battle. I have a very competitive group of students this year. They really love to outdo each other but I also want them to pull together as a team.
I tapped into that competitive streak to get them excited about doing classwork earlier this week. I have a game I call “Captain and the Crew”. It takes nothing more than a worksheet, white boards, markers, and erasers. This game really appeals to them as it pits the class against me!!
As the teacher, I am the “Captain” of my class and my students are my “Crew“. I handed out the worksheet and then wrote the words “Captain” and “Crew” on my whiteboard at the front of the room. The students work a problem independently. When the lid is on the marker of all the students, we are ready to share our answers.
Students hold up their individual white boards to show the answer. If everyone is correct, the students earn 2 tally marks. If even one student is wrong, I earn 5 tally marks. That’s not fair, you say? The students were more excited about beating me and me not being “fair” then really had them fired up!
How did I use the worksheet? I had the students use the worksheet problems as the questions for our game. See the results of our first game below…
I already have my students begging for a rematch! Who knew a worksheet could be so fun?
Let me know what you think and if you use it in your classroom!