Archive for November, 2011

Interactive Matching Games Make Vocabulary Fun

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Miss Pat and vocabularyMiss Pat knows that many of the “Can Dos” are not fans of vocabulary lessons. She also knows that learning learning new vocabulary words is important. The big question for her…how to get the “Can Dos interested and excited about learning the names of people places and things and to spell them correctly.

Miss Pat  tried using flash cards and other word games and some of the class liked learning vocabulary that way, but it wasn’t enough. So, she thought and thought and then it came to her. She would create matching games on the computers and let each “Can Do” match the name of an object with the object. The game would tell each “Can Do” if they got it right or wrong.

That afternoon, when the class  usually had vocabulary time, Miss Pat asked all the children to go to their computers and turn them on. The class was thrilled because they thought…computer time instead of vocabulary time.

They were so surprised when she had them go to their computers and go to the  “Can Do” Club House  where they found two new games. The first was called vegetables and the second was called fruits.

“Class,” said Miss Pat,”Today we are having today’s vocabulary lesson by playing two interactive matching games.  You may recognize some of the names for some of the objects. Do the best you can and then choose the button that says correct and see how you did.”

The class grew quiet as they played the games and checked their answers. Miss Pat waited until everyone was finished the games and asked, “How did everyone do?”  Hector raised his hand and said, “I have to play this game a lot.  I didn’t do so well.”Some of the other “Can Dos” shook their heads in agreement.

Of course Orrie did well, not perfect, but well, but then again he always does.

Miss Pat asked the class to come back to their seats and take out a piece of paper. “Class, write a sentence about each of the fruits you matched in the game. Remember to start each sentence with a capital letter and end each sentence with a period. Let’s see what you remember from the matching game you just played and how well you spelled the names of the fruits.”

Boys and girls reading this post, why don’t you see how you can do? Go to the “Can Do” Club House, choose games, look for the games called fruits/vegetables and start playing. When you are finished playing both games and check how many right answers you got, why don’t you use each of the objects you matched correctly in a sentence?

Be sure to check the games section of the “Can Do Club House every week for new vocabulary matching games!

Monkey Facts

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The “Can Dos” were still excited about their trip to the zoo yesterday, especially the monkey house.

Some of the class had monkey factsdrawn pictures of what they saw, others had pictures they took in the monkey house.

Miss Pat had everyone arrange their seats in a circle and announced the rules of the “Monkey Facts” game. Each “Can Do” would take a turn stating a fact they discovered about monkeys. She would go around the circle until there was only one “Can Do” left in the circle who still had a fact they could share about monkeys. He or she would be the winner of the Monkey Facts game.

And so, as each “Can Do” took a turn, they each began share a monkey fact. Here they are:

  • A group of monkeys is called a troop.
  • In the wild, monkeys spend most of their time in trees.
  • Monkeys can live to be over forty years old in captivity.
  • There are over 200 different kinds of monkeys.
  • A monkey can be specially trained to help people with disabilities
  • A monkey can weigh anywhere from four ounces to one hundred pounds.
  • Monkeys peel their bananas and don’t eat the skins.
  • A monkey can use his tail in the same way as his hands and feet.
  • An ape does not have a tail but a monkey does.
  • There are laws against bringing monkeys or apes into the United States or Canada.

Well, surprise, surprise, Orrie didn’t win…Maria did!

After the game, the “Can Dos” looked sad. Miss Pat asked the class what was wrong. Willie answered for the class, “I wish we could see the monkeys again.”

Miss Pat smiled and said, Well, you are in luck because I have surprise for all of you. Go to your computers, choose the “Can Do” Club House and then choose More Games, then choose the Monkey puzzle.”

The “Can Dos” were thrilled as they used the puzzle to create a picture of a monkey!

Okay boys and girls it’s your turn to play the monkey puzzle. Just go to the “Can Do” Club House, choose more games, choose monkey puzzle and put the pieces together that make the monkey picture. There is an easy version and a hard version…good luck!