Resource: Purpose Games

Purpose Games is another game-creator. It basically has similar elements to Wizer, but is a little quicker and simpler. Account creation is free, and the site has a user agreement that stipulates NO offensive material may be posted, so you can assume it’s relatively safe.

No Google connection, but school email was “pre-screened” and signing up was easy.

There are several game options: matching, typing the answer, labeling an image, etc. There is a timer and students can log in to join the game rankings (because what kids don’t like competition??).

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Resource: Discovery Education Puzzlemaker

Discovery Education is a very hit and miss resource for me. They aren’t super strong in the world lanugage department, but there are some gems.

Their Puzzlemaker page has generators for every kind of puzzle, which for Spanish is great for last minute, time-filling vocab activities.

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Each one is easy to use and easy to print. Highly recommended!

Resource here.

Resource: BlendSpace

BlendSpace is a great, FREE, resource that makes computer time easy in the classroom, or in the lab.

You can create a free account, and start creating instantly. BlendSpace allows for the dragging and dropping of links into the boxed templates, as well as the embedding of YouTube videos and more.

I used this to set up a series of tasks for my students to learn about Día de los muertos. The only problem I ran into was YouTube links not working because of the blockers we have set up in our district. Otherwise, it was wonderful. Everything was self-explanatory and students knew exactly what to do next.

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Game: Slap Jack

You may be familiar with this game as it goes by several names, but Slap Jack is one of the easiest and quickest games to produce. Kids love it, but it does get a little loud, so if you have a hard time with chaos, this might not be for you.

Use the template below and type in whatever information you need the kids to know. It could be math formulas, answers to math equations, vocabulary, history facts, whatever. Provide either the answer or the question on the cards, but don’t provide both.

Print out as many copies as you need to have kids in groups of 2-3, and use a papercutter to cut along the lines. FAST.  (Lamination is great if you have time)

Once kids are in a group, have them spread the cards out face up between them. Explain that you will call out a math problem, or vocab word/definition, etc and the first person to “slap” the card with the answer will get to keep that card (like a point). The student at the end with the most cards wins (in my case, they earn a sticker towards a prize).

Kids get super competitive, but just remind them its a game and to respect personal space! It can be a rapid-fire kind of game (vocab), or it could be slower paced (math problems that need solving).

Slap Jack Template- Word Doc

App: Groovy Grader

Forget the old-school, cardboard, slidey thing all your 60 year old teachers used when you were a kid.  Download the Groovy Grader App for free, and you can change the number of questions, and it will give you allllll the grades.

One less thing you have to remember to bring home with you.

Or to professional development.

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Resource: Kahoot

Kahoot is slowly spreading through classrooms, especially as 1:1 is becoming more and more prevalent. We are on our way to 1:1 in our district, but between my students’ smart phones, and the Lenovo tablets I gained through Donors Choose, I am able to put a device in the hands of most of my students, if not in pairs.

Kahoot is a pretty basic quizzing website that allows you to create a quiz questions. You pull the website up on a projector, and gives your students both a website and a PIN number.

They go to the site, enter the PIN, type in their name, and their name will appear on the main screen.

Once everyone is logged in and you begin the quiz, all of the students’ devices turn into answer pads. They choose the answer color/shape that corresponds with their answer pad.

Resource Here

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