I have created several games called SWAT! It is a class activity facilitated by the teacher who acts as the "Caller". The Caller reads aloud a card with a word, letter, or phrase, math problem, or science vocabulary definition. One student, who has a fly swatter, walks to the display of this product (on the board, wall, or floor), finds the corresponding information like the vocabulary word, the letter, or math answer, and hits it with a fly swatter. Adults might find the fly swatter silly, but kids love to get up, out of their seats, and smack the answers.
I created SWAT! because, as a former English Immersion classroom teacher, I was printing and hand cutting many game pieces for my English Language Learners throughout the year. It was labor intensive, and students would inevitably lose game pieces, leaving a word or math game incomplete and unusable. In designing my game "SWAT!", a teacher or parent does not have to cut out anything. There are no game pieces to lose. Once you print the pages and tape or glue the pages together, there's no more prep work needed beyond writing out your caller cards and the answers on the SWAT circles.
To add a competitive element, have students divide into two teams that each try to swat the correct word, letter, or math answer faster than the other team's player.
This is a blank, editable file, ready for you to type in your curriculum. Just type in alphabet letters, sight words, math problems, or science vocabulary. The teacher/caller will call out what the student needs to find, recognize, and swat with a fly swatter. After their turn, the next student gets the fly swatter, and the activity continues.
This activity is perfect for adding a bodily-kinesthetic element to your lessons. Active boys and girls, students with ADHD, and competitive students will love this game. Brain-based studies show that students need to be actively engaged in order for learning to truly stick. With a fun game of SWAT!, preschoolers through older students will feel so excited about learning. Why do another worksheet, when you can play "SWAT!" ?
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