Need something to spice up your assessments or just a no-prep game to have fun? Then check out this super fun Jenga game. What I love about this game is that my kiddos light up when I take it out and there is no prep for me!! It is a super easy activity to use for when you need an impromptu activity or just as a fun and easy lesson to review "wh" questions and basic math skills. This activity is also great for English Language Learners (ELL or ESL) or for individual or group speech therapy.
This game includes a question card for the teacher with 9 questions in each category. The categories are:
Each of these categories comes with an answer card with visual supports for students to use to answer the question if needed. This can serve as a prompt or as a means for non-verbal students to answer these questions.
The Lewo (this is a colored version of Jenga, link below) comes with a die with colors on it. Each student rolls the die to receive the color question they will answer. If the student rolls pink, I ask them a pink question (More/Less...is 7 more or less than 2?) If the student gets the answer right they get to take a pink block and place it on the top, carefully so as not to knock over the tower. If they knock the tower over they are out! (You can set up your own rules but this is how we play, of course some of my kiddos want to be out so they can knock over the tower!) I then cross out the question on my question board so I remember that I used that question. (Tip: I put the question board in a sleeve protecter and then cross off my answers with a dry erase or Vis-A-Vis marker) Play continues until you have a winner. We just really like to play for fun! My kids really love this game so much, they cheer when we play!
Some of these questions you may find too difficult or easy for some of the children in your class. I had one student that would have a very difficult time answering most of these questions. So when it was his turn I just made up my own (ex: touch your nose, what number, what's this?, etc.) Since Special Education classes can be so varied you may need to do this with one or two of your students. I found this question board pretty good for most of my kiddos.
I actually used the colored version of the Jenga game called Lewo, you can find it on Amazon here:
Lewo Wooden Stacking Game
If you wish to use the regular Jenga game you could easily put colored stickers on the wood blocks or label them with a colored marker (ex: addition/subtraction, etc.). I like the color version because it is pretty and for me it was worth it to buy. As mentioned it requires no prep with this activity. Also it can be used over and over without ruining the blocks or having to prep again if I want to change to another version of questions.