Running for Reading--I used this game on our 3rd grade station day. (All 7 teachers had their own station & activity—some math & some ELA, some indoors & some outdoors. The kids rotated through all seven stations before lunch—about 20 minutes in each station.) I was able to go over rules and complete 2 rounds with every class.
--Game cards need to be printed (laminated?) and cut apart—each team will have the same words to choose from.
--Have a scoreboard ready. I used 2 small dry erase boards
--Line the kids up in two even lines (I liked to mix it up: boys vs. girls, even # vs. odd #, etc.). You could have them make up their own team names, use school colors, or use the colors on the game cards (if you print in color). .
--Line the game cards up across from each team, about 20 feet away. (Be sure that they are mixed up and not it the correct order!)
--Teacher stands in between lines and reads the questions out loud.
--After hearing the question, the two lead students, at the front of each line, run down to their game cards and find the one that they think is the correct answer, pick it up, and run back to show it to the teacher.
--The teacher checks to see if the first student back has the correct answer. If so, his/her team gets a point. If he/she has the wrong card, the teacher tells them to go back and try again.
--Both teams need to bring the correct card to the teacher before moving on to the next question.
--Repeat until all students have had a turn to compete.
--Since I did this activity indoors (hallway), I gave mine strict instruction about behavior and running. (Most did great!)
--I added an extra game card for each round, just so that the answer to the last question isn’t completely obvious.
--The extra questions at the end are there in case you have more than 22 students or want to substitute some questions out (e.g. do to teaching/standard differences).
--I included some blank game cards in case you want to make up some of your own questions.
--If you have an odd number of students in a class, that’s a great way to find a scorekeeper! (less work for you!)
--I read the game cards aloud to the students as I laid them out, so they would know what their choices were ahead of time.
--I did not include an answer key because I think the answers to the questions are pretty self explanatory when you look at the game cards. However, if you would like one, just ask!