Monday, October 1, 2012

Teacher's Pet

We have a new game in the Legates household. It's called Teacher's Pet. It's a game my husband Jeremy came up with in-order to help the kids with their school work. We made the game board out of foam board and the game cards out of colored card stock and note cards. The game pieces and dice was something we borrowed from another board game (we have a lot of board games).

 The game looks like this. You have grades pre k - 12, there are 4 spaces for each grade and everyone starts at pre k. At the beginning of your turn you pick up a blue card.

They look like that  --->

Then depending on what card you get, you are asked a question.

Nathaniel's cards look like this (above). We ask him to write the letter if he gets Spelling. He doesn't see the card and he has to write it from memory. If he gets Fill in the Blank, or in his case say the letter, then he has to tell us the letter or letter sound of the letter at the top of the card. If he gets Multiple Choice or in his case point to the letter, then we cover up the letter at the top, and he has to chose from the 4 in the boxes.

These are Zachary's cards...

And these are Darien's. 

If they get Spelling, then they have to spell the word at the top (Darien and Zachary never see their cards). If they get Multiple Choice than they are asked the question on the card, and are read the choices. If they get Fill in the Blank they are ask the question, but they aren't read the choices.

If they get the answer right they get to roll the dice, and move up however many spaces, but if they get it wrong, they move back a space.

At the end of 12th grade they move on the final exam where they must answer 3 Fill in the Blank questions in a row, and they must get them all right. First one to do that wins.

The questions come from the tests and quizzes that they are having during that particular week (yes I do have to change them out and make up new cards every week). A lot of work, but so worth it in the end. We have used this for 3 weeks now, and I have seen a great improvement in our test and quizzes. The kids also really like to play, and I guess that's why it works so well.

It was very easy to make, so if you were looking for a teaching tool in game form, this would be awesome. You could put math problems on the cards, or for really little ones, you could have colors and shapes.

Okay well I just wanted to share. If you wanted help or ideas for making your own, just leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

If you do end up making your own I would love to see pictures, and hear of different ideas of how to make the cards, and what different kinds of cards you used. Good luck :)

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