## Friday, March 23, 2012

### DIY Learning Games (with minimal materials, for virtually any topic)

I made some learning games with tagboard and clothespins today as well as a game that focuses on clockwise and counterclockwise rotations. I found the idea via Pinterest, which directed me to this blog that had a number recognition version for little ones.

Algebraic Equations:

Not the same, but noteworthy: Clockwise and Counterclockwise Rotations:

I made 22 circles with simple graphics for students to rotate, either clockwise or counterclockwise, 45, 90, 180, or 270 degrees. The circles have an arrow on them so they know which rotation is the "original rotation".

Each student will have a tagboard rotation mat as they move around the room. One wooden circle will be placed on each desk. After 1 minute, I will call "Scoot" so they can use the next circle. After 22 times of "scooting" around the room, they have used each circle (and it took less than a half-hour to do the activity).

Hope you like this idea! Each center has taken me less than five minutes to make so far.

1. I love the advanced vocabulary tag board. It would fit in perfectly with what I am doing with my 4th graders in the next few weeks. We are planning for a vocabulary parade, and they are personifying their word. This tag board would be great practice and help to expand their vocabulary even more with some critical thinking involved.

2. Great activity!

3. Thank you so much! More should be coming soon. I've had a lot of inspiration with designing games and hands-on activities lately. - Victoria

4. Thank you so much! More should be coming soon. I've had a lot of inspiration with designing games and hands-on activities lately. - Victoria

5. I love these! I teach high school math and I think these would be great for review! Students really do better with hands on review and I really hope this helps. Thank you for your great activity!! =) Keep the good ideas coming!

6. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. I plan to create one for Vocabulary and I think that I could make some for literary elements, figurative language, and plot. Oh, and I can't forget the 12 Powerful Words (by Larry Bell)!!! I can't wait to get started!!! Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas!

7. I love the idea of the Vocabulary one, it is perfect for students to do while I am doing running records with other students.Thanks! I plan on making several of these! Thanks!!