The thing I love about the Game On! Channel is the ability to make the activities personalized to my classroom learning using the My Questions option. Let me share some of the favorites in my classroom!
Our all time favorite so far is Body Spell! This 2-10 minute activity lets you add your weekly spelling words so that students can practice spelling each word using their bodies by following the body outline. This kinesthetic activity gets us using all up and moving as we learn. It's also great for students to use for practicing their High Frequency Words!
Think On Your Feet is a 2-10 minute Kinesthetic Learning Activity with a game show type format. The class is broken into 2 groups. All students participate in a physical challenge such as balancing on 1 foot while the selected team answers questions to earn points. This game also features the My Questions option so you can add questions based on your current learning outcomes or you can choose grade level appropriate questions from a bank of subjects.
Freeze It is a wonderful 1-2 minute game which also has the My Questions option. I actually use the question bank on this game with my students to practice math skills such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication. There is also a set of questions based on letter sounds which is so valuable for those students just learning letter sounds or who struggle with them. Students move until the word freeze appears on the screen when they must freeze and call out the answer to the posted question!
Mega Math Marathon is a 1-2 minute fun game which incorporates running in place with math questions. Although this doesn't have the My Questions option, you can choose your grade level and question set which then breaks that question set into sub sets of questions. I love this activity for the afternoon when we are bubbling with energy and struggling to focus. Not only does it wear us down a little but we are getting those math minutes in as well!
As we finish any of the above activities I always transition back to a calm classroom atmosphere by choosing one of the calming activities. My favorite being Airtime which is a 2-4 minute video which uses breathing techniques to relax and settle down for classroom learning.
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I encourage you to visit GoNoodle this week with your class and give the Game On! channel a try. I would love to hear from some of our UAE teachers who have tried out GoNoodle in the classroom so add a comment with one of your favorite activities!