I was inspired by a Thanksgiving activity - Roll a Turkey, a few years ago. I wanted to make it an educational AND fun activity. I had my students use it with their spelling words. My students used their weekly spelling lists and the Roll-a-Turkey game. They liked to color and draw the shapes on the turkey, but after Thanksgiving, they didn’t want to draw the turkey anymore. Therefore, I created some other seasonal Roll-a-Games.
This year, my students don’t have spelling words, but they do have vocabulary words, and they like to draw and color. So, I got out my Roll-a-Games and added a few new seasonal pictures so we can do them from now until June.
Here’s how it works. It’s really easy.
1. There are 2 rounds on a printable worksheet. (You can print them out or laminate copies to save every year.)
2. Two students pair up. Player 1 calls out a spelling word to player two. If player 2 spells it correctly, he/she rolls a die and draws or colors in the part for whatever number is rolled. You can do the same with vocabulary words, but player 1 would call out a definition, and player 2 would have to give the correct vocabulary word.
3. If I printed out the pages, I would copy them front and back, let students play up to 4 rounds. This is the nice thing about laminating them. They can use them for however many rounds they have time to complete.
4. Players have their own boards.The first person to color in all 6 parts listed in the box on each page is the winner.
5. If a team doesn’t finish a round, the person with the most items colored in (listed in the box) is the winner!
What's Included: an entire year of Roll-a-Games!!!!
Roll-a-Conversation Heart (February)
Roll-a-Valentine Flower (February)
Roll-a-Lucky Owl (March)
Roll-a-March Madness Basketball Player (March)
Roll-a- Jockey (May)
Roll-a-Lemonade Stand (June)
Roll-a-School Supply Item (August)
**Some of these can be used for other months/seasons. For example, the February Valentine flower can be used for May. The September bug can be used in June, etc.
Plus, the beauty of this packet is that it is truly differentiated! You can use it with many grades. (It might be too babyish for high school). I use it with my 6th and 7th graders!
You could also use this to review for other subjects and tests too. All you need are questions and answers for students to "quiz" each other!