I feel like in 1st grade, I'm constantly spiraling skills that my kids have learned throughout the year. Prior to every Math lesson, I do some sort of review activity of old schools. This is done daily and only takes about 5 minutes. Sometimes it's a worksheet, sometimes it's an oral review/discussion, and sometimes it's a quick game. One game that both my kids and I love playing is "The Slate Game." This is SUPER-EASY to set up and can be done on the fly if you are in a pinch. This game can take as much or as little time as you'd like. It's a fabulous way to get an assessment of skills from kids without them knowing. Here's how we play:
Divide the class into rows of 4 or 5. Give a slate, marker, and eraser to the person at the front of each row. I have these answer boards from Learning Resources and love them!
Write the team numbers/names on the board so you can keep score. I keep score with tally marks. Tell students which skill you'll be working on first. It's important to really model this because they may get mixed up while writing. I usually do one on my board first to show them. Call out a problem and they will solve it and write it. For Math races, I always put up the number grid for them. Once every team has an answer, I check the boards and we go over the answer. Each team that has the answer correct gets a point. This is important to me, because that way the students who process things slower still get a chance to win! The person in the front passes the slate, marker, and eraser to the person behind him and the game continues.
This is always a great time! It can be used to review virtually any skill! We use it for Phonics, Sight Words, Math, and more!
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