March Madness…

What a crazy time of year!  Basketball finals, NCAA, bracketology, and Final Four all seem to be in every conversation.  As a teacher, it is the time of year when students want to be outside, Easter break can’t come soon enough, and you are trying to figure out what to do with the kids when testing starts.  We all know that it’s hard to accomplish anything during testing weeks and yet the school day doesn’t end when the testing for that day is over.  Don’t we all wish, though?  So, for this edition of Just a Thought, I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10, in reverse order,  for filling in the blanks during testing week!  (Applause) 🙂

  1. Sing a rousing rendition of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with actions of course.
  2. Bring in Playdough and create!
  3. Take them outside for a game of cartoon tag.
  4. Play Hot and Cold (Thanks to my 1st grade teacher for introducing this one to me).
  5. Find a book with age appropriate trivia and share.
  6. Let them go crazy and draw on the chalk or white board.
  7. Stretch.
  8. Play Hangman.
  9. Bible Charades.
  10. And the All-time favorite of many: Play Heads Up 7-Up!

My technology thought today is on a great game that took me a while to figure out.  You can find it at PBS Kids online.  Here is the link: Goldburger To Go.  Thanks to brachsmithon Twitter for this one!  I love it and the kids will too!  She mentioned that kids love playing it on the SMART board.