I am very excited about this product. I have made these file folder games in my own classroom. WORD PROBLEMS ARE INCLUDED!! If you want to see what one looks like, go to my store and click on Silly Santa. That is a sample of my work.
This is how I use them in my classroom!
First, I get a file folder. I make the first page the cover for the folder. That helps the kids know what they are going to get. Then, I cut out the directions and put them on either side. This helps with the, "I don't know how to play this" OR "I was in the bathroom when you taught this" comments. I have a laminator at my school so I have them all laminated so I can reuse them again next year. I cut out all of the cards and have them in a plastic baggie with the name of the game on it so we do not mix bags up.
I have two ways that I introduce a game. 1. I choose a random person to be my partner and we play the game together. My cards would be face down and the partner or opponent's card would be on the floor. This helps with any game to teach strategies. I then have them play against me. Sometimes I let them win other times I win, I try to keep it fun. ;) 2. I have a reward system and one of the rewards is "teach a lesson to the class." This is the time I usually use this reward. I work one on one with that child and they get to learn the game. Once I feel like they can teach it to someone, they lead the class in the game just like I would have. This lets them feel confident and the class feels more like a team.
When the games are ready, I put them in the middle of the floor, where my big carpet is. I then pull sticks on who gets to go to the carpet first. When they get to the carpet, they must choose a game that they have not played today. Since there are cards 2-10 for multiplication, I would put the easy ones out first. Maybe 2, 3, 5, 9, and 10. If you laminated your file folder they could use wet erase markers to work any problems they might not know off the top of their heads. If you could not, let them use a scratch sheet of paper or dry erase board. Letting them work it out is very important. Each time we have a "round," they must have a different partner. I NEVER pick partners for them just for the fact that this is their learning time and I want them to feel comfortable on what they are doing. I also will set a timer on my phone between 10-15. Depending on where we are going. Make sure you have a back up for kids who can not behave in the rounds with the other kids.
I have to say, my favorite part about doing stations like this is the communication between the kids. I have only taught my students the 2, 3, and 9. They work with their partners to learn how to do the rest. I taught my kids the 9 trick with the fingers. (Let me know if you would like me to teach you that.) They caught on QUICK!
I know hear them saying things like, "how do you know that 6 x 6 is 36." "Oh you did an array to find it out?"
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