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02-17-2005, 06:14 PM
 MICHELLECRC Newcomer Join Date: Feb 2005 Posts: 3 AL
Need Ideas for "transition time" or "sponge activities"

I need a few fresh Ideas on active games that we can play in the classroom to take up 5-10 minutes time when there's really no time to start something new. We play "around the world" with our spelling words, multiplication relays, and then sometimes we might just play the "Seven Up Thumbs Up" to kill about 5 min at the end of the day. What do you do? I teach 3rd grad.

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02-17-2005, 06:35 PM
 AMK Aficionado Join Date: Apr 2003 Posts: 3,021 NJ
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02-17-2005, 09:01 PM
 Miss Kirby Fanatic Join Date: Oct 2004 Posts: 2,699 Arizona 2nd Grade Teacher
My math teacher taught us this cool activity that takes up a few minutes. It's called Number Around the Room (I think).

You just choose a number, say 15, and each student says a fact about 15.
A few examples...
A foot plus 3 inches is 15
A dime and a nickel is 15
A dozen plus three is 15
10 plus 5 is 15
etc etc.

Each student must say something different about the number.
Does that make sense??
I thought it was a pretty neat filler that was a good practice.
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02-17-2005, 09:38 PM
 clarnet73 Moderator Join Date: Apr 2002 Posts: 6,126 Illinois Preschool Teacher
"Children's Quiz"

Give them a category (foods, places you go, animals, transportation, literally ANY category) and a letter... they come up with as many things beginning with that letter that fit the category... I usually have kids raise their hands, and I will call on someoneone to answer... if you don't have an answer, or your answer is already said, your hand goes down until you have a new answer... kindal ike playing Scatergorres.
#5
02-20-2005, 07:00 PM
 Miss Kirby Fanatic Join Date: Oct 2004 Posts: 2,699 Arizona 2nd Grade Teacher
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 Originally Posted by clarnet73 "Children's Quiz" Give them a category (foods, places you go, animals, transportation, literally ANY category) and a letter... they come up with as many things beginning with that letter that fit the category... I usually have kids raise their hands, and I will call on someoneone to answer... if you don't have an answer, or your answer is already said, your hand goes down until you have a new answer... kindal ike playing Scatergorres.

I love Scattegories! I never thought about using it in a classroom. Good idea!
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02-20-2005, 07:58 PM
 ChristyF Moderator Join Date: Jun 2003 Posts: 6,558 Louisiana 4th Grade Teacher
Mad libs are big hit in my room. I also have some cards (about the only thing I made in college that I actually use!) that have numbers and statments. For example one child starts with Who has the product of 3 and 8? The child with 24 says "I have 24, who has the value of 8 in 1,843?", etc. They are pretty easy to make, I've made them for vocab, facts, etc.
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02-20-2005, 09:20 PM
 ama_kessing Newcomer Join Date: Feb 2005 Posts: 4 New Jersey
Transition Game

I like play 'name that animal' with my students. I'll describe an animal one characteristic at a time and the kids raise their hands when they want to guess. I also like to do quiz them on geography by pointing to a map to see who can answer the fastest.

I hope these help or spawn a few new ideas.
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02-21-2005, 06:41 AM
 Upsadaisy Moderator Join Date: Aug 2002 Posts: 17,701 Florida
Christy - I tried to make that game and kept messing up the cards so we never returned to the beginning or something, I can't remember. Then I saw the game in a box (just for math) - it's called Zip Around and each card has four different level problems. The kids love it.

I rarely have 5 minutes when all kids are done and it isn't time for the next lesson. As they finish their work they read (I have 1500 fiction titles alone) or work on the spelling unit. We do play a lot of games together, though. If they all have 10 minutes I give them free time - maybe twice a week. They think this is a huge gift.
#9
02-26-2005, 07:31 AM
 kpa1b2 Aficionado Join Date: Mar 2002 Posts: 3,223 Michigan
We play I spy.
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02-27-2005, 05:07 PM
 Amanda A to Z Teacher Stuff Owner Join Date: Feb 2001 Posts: 3,122 Missouri Former K/1 Teacher
Here are some more ideas:
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Tips...on_Activities/
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