We teachers love engaging children in learning. Education games are one way we can do this. Staples offers a wealth of educational games (among other things) that will provide opportunities in your classroom for enthusiastic and engaged kids. In fact, this post is sponsored by Staples.
Using Education Games in the Classroom
Here’s what you need to remember when using education games in your classroom.
1. Select the Best Education Games for Your Students
Educational bloggers who review learning and educational games and puzzles are:
2. Organize the Games for Easy Access
Use your plastic tubs or drawers. And, label them! It’s also helpful to have tubs that are see-through so you can see what’s in them.
3. Rotate the Games
Keep some games in storage and some games out for use. Mid-year is an especially good time to rotate the games you have available for your students to use.
4. Make Your Own Learning Games
Of course, there are many learning games you can make yourself.
Memory is a great way to practice or review concepts such as sight words or matching math concepts. For example, you could make a fraction memory game with the drawing to match the numeral.
3) Family Feud
Use any material you want to review. Divide into two groups, or families. A player from each family comes up to the front of the room and the first person to hit the buzzer (whatever you want to use is fine) gets to answer the question first. If they answer correctly, that team gets a point. If they don’t, the other team gets a chance to answer and get a point.
Or you can have your students make their own games based on specific learning objectives like showing learning or reviewing a concept. Use old game boards or make your own out of cardstock.
5. Find Printable Learning Games
If you’re a TPT fan like me, you already know that there are some brilliant educators who are willing to share their education game ideas for a small fee. It’s so hard to only recommend a few stores over there but if you’re looking for learning games, start with these: Make, Take & Teach, Rachel Lynette of Minds In Bloom, Joey Udovich, Teaching With a Mountain View, Hello Literacy, Tracee Orman, and Your Bag of Teaching Secrets.
**Comment below with your store link if you want us to visit your TPT store!**
Don’t forget that while you’re at Staples shopping for learning games, you can also buy Classroom Decorations, Teaching Aids like pocket charts, Children’s books, and workbooks by companies such as Spectrum and Newmark,
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