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Come on Down! Game

Subjects

Arts & Humanities
--Language Arts
Mathematics

Grade

K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

Brief Description

The Come on Down!" game provides practice for spelling, math, vocabulary skills and more. (Grades K-12)

Objectives

Students will

  • play a game that provides practice and review of math, spelling, vocabulary (etc.) skills.

Keywords

practice, reinforcement, game, vocabulary, spelling, math skills

Materials Needed

  • index cards (optional)

Lesson Plan

For this simple review- and-practice game, we borrow the popular Come on down! expression from the The Price Is Right TV game show.

Begin the game by writing each students name on an index card. Then draw random cards from the deck and call on those students to Come on down! You might call two students to face off at the whiteboard/blackboard, or you might call on as many as five students to face off. Each student will pick up a piece of chalk or marker and write the math problem (or spelling word) that you call out. The first person to correctly spell the word or complete the math problem is the winner!

This works especially well with more complex math problems, for example:

462 289 = ???
$1.69 x 4 = ???

Adapt the Game: More Ideas

  • You might forego the index cards and divide the class into teams. Call up one person from each team to face off. You might have two teams or, to increase student engagement, each row might be a team and you might call one person from each of your five rows to Come on down! to face off. If you use the row approach, the first student to correctly complete the word or math problem might earn three points for her/his team, the second person with the correct answer might earn two points, and the third person with the correct response might earn one point.
  • You might forego the index cards in order to call up students whose skills are more evenly matched (vs. the randomness of the index card approach). By calling up students whose skills are on a par, you can assign more challenging problems and words to your top students. (Note: Some students are more comfortable/quicker when it comes to writing on the whiteboard/blackboard. If you know you have some whiteboard writers who can be painstakingly slow, you might recognize their abilities by calling on those students to face off against one another.)
  • Be creative! This game can be adapted for almost every subject. Its a great way to review social studies and history concepts. Or, in language arts, you might provide a list of 20 vocabulary words and read a definition or a sentence with a word missing; the first person to finish writing the vocabulary word that matches the definition or completes the sentence is the winner.

Assessment

The game has a built-in assessment in whatever scoring process you use.
Use the game to assess students skills and identify which students need additional practice and support with the skills you use in the game.

Lesson Plan Source

EducationWorld.com

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

 

LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
GRADES Pre-K - 2
NM-NUM.PK-2.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.PK-2.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.PK-2.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-NUM.3-5.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.3-5.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 6 - 8
NM-NUM.6-8.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.6-8.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.6-8.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 9 - 12
NM-NUM.9-12.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.9-12.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.9-12.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates

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