Games (& other stuff) for Teachers: Classroom Activities that Promote Pro-Social Learning

ISBN: 978-1-885473-22-6
SIZE: 8.5 x 11
PAGE COUNT: 168
PRICE $27.95

Games (& other stuff) for Teachers is an experiential activity book—a special project put together by teachers for teachers.  The activities in this book focus on developing pro-social skills that will help both children and adults interact in a positive and caring way.  The activities are meant to be fun and easy to read.  All necessary equipment can be obtained within the classroom or school setting.  Sample questions are provided with each activity for discussion purposes, and variations are also provided to help you adjust to the skill levels of your students.

Games (& other stuff) for Teachers contains sit-down, get up & go, as well as paper and pencil activities appropriate for students ages eight and older.  With very little extra planning you will be able to implement the individual and group efforts that focus on a wide variety of pro-social skills such as listening, following directions, cooperation, diversity, patience, persistence, and many others.  If these skills can be learned in the classroom, there is a chance they may be used outside of the classroom to enhance the interaction of students’ lives and communities.

Reviews

"Finally, a treasure of a resource for teachers who want to utilize experiential activities with their students but have little opportunities outside the "traditional" indoor classroom, and no budget for special equipment or props. Cavert, Frank, and friends offer a wealth of ideas, all the how-to instructions, and provide plenty of suggestions to aid in the processing of the experiences. For those who have questioned how to fit that "fun stuff" into their curriculum, the answers are in this book."
Maribeth Govin, MA, Student Assistance Counselor

"Students enjoy working together with these fun-filled and challenging, hands-on activities. The interventions and activities in this book will have a great impact on your students. With a listening ear, a teacher can expect positive feedback from the lessons in this book throughout the year."
Benita Lyons, MEd, LPC, School Counselor

Excerpt from the Book

LETTER OPENER

Possible Objectives: Verbal Communication, Problem Solving, Consensus Building, Decision Making...

Needs: Each student will need two 3" x 5" blank index cards and a writing implement—my first choice is always water-based, big tip, markers.

Procedure: The set-up of the room is up to you. If you want to provide another problem to solve, have the desks in rows. See how, and where, the group arranges the cards. Hand out at least two note cards to each student. (You need 30 or more letter cards.) Ask them to write a letter on each card. Make the letter real big. They can write any two letters they wish—but, don’t let anyone see just yet.

Here is the challenge: Arrange all the letters into words (words found in a standard dictionary). Every word must be attached in some way to another word like in a crossword puzzle. The class is also allowed to change letters—one letter may be changed for every four students in the group, e.g., if there are 20 students, five letters may be changed. Everyone in the class must agree to the letter change. Are there any questions? Go!

Observations/Questions:
• Did anyone have a hard time choosing letters?
• Why did you choose the letters you did?
• What sort of leadership presented itself during the process? What types of leadership are there?
• Which student or students took on a leadership role? Was their leadership appointed or assumed? Why?
• Did you give up your cards to the process? Why?
• What did you do after you gave up your cards? Did you help, sit back, distract?
• Did you hold onto your cards? Why?
• Did you work together to form one large connection of words or did you split into small groups to put words together? How did this work?
• Did you share letters with the other groups?
• How many cards did you change? Was everyone involved in the change?
• What was communication like during the process? Were there communication conflicts?
• What was fun about the activity?

Variation:
• If you have the prep time (don’t laugh, it could happen!), prepare note cards ahead of time. Choose words from a lesson you want to review for. Write a letter from each word on one of the cards. As you hand out two (or maybe three) cards to each student, tell them they are to do the best they can to create words that are related to the subject in review.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Are You More Like...
Now & Later
Quality Assurance
The Big Question/30 Seconds
You Tear Me Up
Classroom Assumptions
Chosen
Letter Opener
Assumption Test
Number Game
Group Number Game
P.S.
Simply Paper
Empathy
Blue Cards
Pencil, Paper, Popsicle Stick
Particulars
Roomination
Enumeration
Classroom Poetry
It’s All in the Cards
Circle-a-Loons
Balloon Bash
Objectables
Over the Top
A What?
Quick Numbers
Touch
Sensory Masterpiece
The Mixing Game
Front-to-Front
Cliques
Community Box
Gotcha Lines
Centerpiece
A Very Large Knot
Toe Jam
Classroom Parts
Don’t Spill the Beans
Chris-Cross
Poker Face
Peer Pressure
Wired
Driving in the Dark
Book Return
Challenge Field
Experiential Lunch
The Shoes
The Car Wash
Community Building Sequence
References/Resources
Additional Experiential References
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