Hey teacher friends! Hope the summer is ending on a high note for some of you and the school year is starting with a bang for the other half of you. This time of year is tricky for me because there is about a 6 week period with some ending, starting, and waiting on school. The overlaps can definitely be tricky to be able to address everyone’s needs.
How about something that isn’t tricky at all? How about a giveaway!
You know I heart my friends over at Educational Insights because they always have the best learning materials that kids love! This month, they sent me over a box of 4 awesome items and I thought I would tell you a little about them. All 4 are for ages 8 and up, so this classroom games giveaway is targeted to my intermediate teachers! YAY!
First up: Crowded Waters. It is a super fun game of strategy that I KNOW my gifted students would have loved to play all day long. They were addicted to these strategy games. LOL!
The idea is basically that each player gets to be a color (or 2 colors if there are only 2 students playing), and they take turns placing the pieces on spots that will show the next move they will make. You can’t play a piece in a spot that is already going to be occupied.
The idea is to crowd out the other player from being able to make a move. Super fun and kids will love the shark theming of the game as well – perfect for Shark Week.
Next up: Read My List. Now – this game at first reminded me of Scattergories as it has lists and categories. BUT – I love how it takes it a few steps further! You can differentiate the game and ask students to add things to the list once they figure out what the category is, that aren’t already on the list. It is also a wonderful listening activity for students because they don’t get to see the list – they have to use their auditory skills (which we all know they can always strengthen more). I love that!
Third up on the list is Nature Keeper and Tree Diary. This super fun hands on science keeps students involved in a long-term project. “Adopt” a tree in the school yard and track it throughout the seasons. It includes a leaf press and a fabulous book that walks students through various scientific method activities throughout the year with the changing of the seasons. LOTS of nonfiction involved in this book!
The fourth item is a set of Discovery Lab Pens, with a matching field guide with activity ideas as well. The pens are thick plastic and I love how they include lots of units of measure to really incorporate the scientific method into looking at hands-on science items.
The last tidbit I thought I would mention about the Discovery Pens and the Nature Keeper is that within the product, there are examples of women in science careers. What a wonderful discussion opportunity with the young ladies in our classrooms that may be thinking about science as a profession later in life. Two thumbs up from me.
Alright, the part you all LOVE the best: The giveaway! Get entered below! Thanks to all who enter and good luck from Educational Insights and Organized Classroom!