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Shake it Up! (Board Games and Apps in the Classroom)

It’s been so hot here lately, as it is pretty much everywhere the past few weeks. The heat is the only part of summer I really don’t like. If it could be 75¬†every day and I’d never complain again (at least not about the weather.) I’d even trade in my 5 snow days for 75 degrees every day.

Today we stayed inside and played a lot of games…Tweedle Ian and I played two Cranium games (Dice and Cadoo) while Tweedle Dee was hanging at her friend’s house. Tonight after dinner we all played games together.

My kids love Boggle. I love that they love it. This game is obviously good for spelling and reading skills. Tweedle Ian has finally figured the word family and plural strategies and is in it to win it these days.

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I see a 6 point phrase. Do you?

While this game is good for very small groups sitting around a table, there are some computer games and apps that use the same concept and reach more learners at a time.

A personal favorite is a great web-based game, Letter Blocks, that we play on the SMARTBoard and trust me when I say it is addicting.

  • I have used this game at the end of the period as a reward for hard work.
  • I have used it as part of a “rotation” (I won’t call them “centers” since I’m working with middle schoolers.)
  • I have left this link for the substitute in case my plans run short or if he/she needs something for my intervention study hall.
  • I also have a link to this game on my page on Edmodo. If a student wants to play this game during study hall or at home they can (and they do).
  • My own kids play this game on the weekends if we go into school for a few hours.

Below are the names and screen shots of some similar apps that we use at home on the iPad. (I am so excited that this year our school is piloting a BYOT program -Bring Your Own Technology- and I will be able to use some of these apps in the classroom.)

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