ZAP! is a fun and engaging way to have students practice any kind of skill from adding and subtracting to identifying fact and opinion statements. This particular ZAP! provides students practice with identifying declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences. The sentences contain no end punctuation and are all about St. Teresa of Calcutta, more commonly known as Mother Teresa.
Medium to large empty Pringle’s container (or something similar) with the lid, a paper bag will work in a pinch
Container label p. 1
Activity cards pp. 3-9 (33 sentence cards and 2 ZAP! cards)
Answer Key p. 10
Affix label to the container. You may want to cover the container with construction or contact paper completely before affixing the label.
Cut apart the activity strips and place them inside the container, mixing them well.
Store the answer key inside the container as well.
Divide your class into several teams depending on the number of students. Determine how long you will play or how many rounds you will complete. Have a student draw a strip from the container without looking inside. The team should read the words on the strip, then confer to determine the answer. If the team answers correctly, it keeps the strip. If it answers incorrectly the strip is returned to the container.
Teams take turns drawing/collecting the strips. However, there is a twist. If a team draws a ZAP! card, it must return ALL of its strips to the container. Return the ZAP! card back to the container and continue playing. The winner is the team that collects the most strips. You may want to award them with a simple prize such as a treat, bonus points on an upcoming quiz/test, 5 minutes of free time, etc.