Trial and Error Pass Valentine Theme

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  1. This is an activity that can be used for social skills groups. It promotes working within a group, the value of learning from mistakes, and controlling feelings when errors are made. This bundle is a combination 3 products for a Halloween Theme , Valentines Theme, and the original star pattern.
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This activity requires students to use a trial and error method of problem solving. This is quite difficult for some students who want success on the first attempt and have difficulty when they fail. This activity reinforces the idea that mistakes are not necessarily bad and can be used for learning. It also teaches students to work together toward a common goal. The solution will be found by observing the mistakes of everyone and it would be very difficult to succeed individually. It also requires students to use their short term memory and make inferences to predict the pattern.

This activity can be used with small groups of students, two competing teams, or with one or two students. The object of the game is to cross the grid in 6 moves stepping on the correct sequence of images.

Lay the images out on the carpet in the grid pattern shown on page 3. If you do not have room to lay images out on the floor, you may want to print off the grid to make a game board and use a game marker to represent the person crossing the grid. I left the digital capability on in case you use the highlighter to indicate your path and want to use it digitally.

A judge, who could be a student or teacher, is selected. The judge takes one of the pattern cards that will be the solution to the stepping pattern. A student begins the challenge by stepping on one of the cards in the first row and moves one row ahead for each step. As the move is made the judge indicates if it is the correct one by saying right or wrong move. If a buzzer is available that can be used for the wrong step. There are some buzzer sounds available on apps for electronic devices that students really enjoy using. If it is the right step the student continues to move forward. If it is the wrong step the person returns to the start or the end of the line and watches the attempts of others until they get to the front of the line again. The students may notice that a pattern is developing as students discover the correct moves. This will speed up the progress until someone finally makes it across. The students should be reinforced for working as a team and not make it an individual competition to make it to the finish.

This is the same product as Trial and Error Pass except with Valentine clipart. Some classrooms celebrate Valentine's Day with group activities and would like a theme version.

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