Back To School Hide and Seek
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Hide and Seek games have been a standard part of both my Math and ELA stations for as long as I can remember. They are highly engaging, easily differentiated, can be adapted to many skills and my students NEVER get tired of them. Once your students learn this game, it will quickly become a favorite, independent activity that reinforces essential skills..
Because I realize that teachers can be ‘color printer challenged,’ I have included a black and white version of all the playing pieces in this pack to help defray the cost of printing.
Included in this packet:
Number cards 0-100 in color
Number cards 0-100 in black and white
Ten Frame Cards 0-20 in color
Ten Frame Cards 0-20 in black and white
Game banner and hiding piece in color
Game banner and hiding piece in black and white
This activity can be played on a table top, in a small pocket chart like the ones you find at the Dollar Spot at Target or in a larger, traditional-sized pocket chart if you are using many numbers. Place a set of cards in the pocket chart. One student takes the small hiding piece (or pieces if you choose to use more than one playing card) and places it behind one of the number cards while the other students turn their backs and hide their eyes. Once the card is hidden, students can then turn back and take turns indicating which card they believe the playing piece is hidden behind by reading the number. It is not enough just to point, they must read the card. If they find the hiding piece behind the card they identified, they get to hide it next. If they guess incorrectly, it becomes someone else’s turn.
To differentiate this activity, limit or expand the numbers offered. I like to store my cards in color coded pencil cases. Students choose the pencil case that relates to their ‘color.’ So some of my students may work with only numbers 0-20, others with numbers to 50 and so on. You can also differentiate by having some students use the ten frame numbers offered in this packet versus written numbers.
I hope you enjoy this game. If you have any questions, suggestions or requests, please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com.