My family and I have recently discovered the joys of playing headbands! It is a very fun and engaging guessing game with loads of laughs. If you've played it, you know what I'm talking about! I couldn't wait to implement this game into my classroom instruction!
I've recently been working with my 3rd graders on determining author's purposes for texts. I decided to take this opportunity to test out a new twist on playing head bands! I designed this game to be a fun way for students to review and practice determining the author's purpose for writing a text.
To play this game simply print the text type head bands and cut them apart. Then to play place a head band on each student's head and you're ready to play!
Each child gets a headband. Wrap it around their head and tape it in the back so the word is on their forehead. Don’t let the student see what their word is! This is crucial.
Next, have students get a whiteboard or piece of paper with a clipboard.
Students will walk around the room and find a partner. They can ask that partner THREE questions to help them figure out what their text type is. They can ONLY ask yes or no questions. (Ex. Is my author’s purpose to entertain?; Would you find me in a classroom?; Do I persuade you to do something?). Students can write themselves notes on their whiteboard/paper to help them deduce what text they might be. *I suggest displaying the sample questions on the board*
After asking three questions they may guess what text they are. (ex. Am I a newspaper?). If they get it right, they’re done and can sit down. If they are not correct, they will find another partner and continue asking 3 questions to new partners until they can guess their text, or until time runs out.