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Wheel of Fortunes
Builds spelling, vocabulary, and thinking skills

 Pose the following question to students to start a lively discussion, or use is as a prompt for a quick journal-writing activity: What if you came back to life as an animal? Which animal would you want to be? Why?

This is a simple classroom adaptation of the popular TV game show. Simply draw on a transparency the puzzle squares that represent the letters in a common title, a famous person's name, or some phrase students should know; be sure to identify spaces between words with spaces between puzzle squares. Divide the class into two teams. Let the first person on one team ask for a letter that might be in the puzzle. If the letter is in the puzzle, write it in the appropriate square(s). Then that person has a chance to guess the puzzle. If the person cannot guess, the next person on the team gets to guess a letter. Play proceeds in that way. When a player asks for a letter that is not in the puzzle, play jumps to the other team.

Note: For a good source of phrases, see Idiom Connection.

The Price Is Right
Builds consumer and sequencing skills

Bring in from home a bag of grocery items of varying types and prices. Hold up an item and allow students to guesstimate the price you paid for it. Go right around the room and ask students to make their guesses. To each guess, respond by saying if the price given was too high or too low. Students can use scrap paper to keep track of responses. The student who guesses the exact price might lead the next round of the game.

Anagram Puzzles
Anagrams are a terrific tool for stimulating students to think critically. Write the four phrases below on a board or chart. The letters in each phrase can be rearranged to spell a word. The words all have something in common. Challenge students to figure out the four words and what the words have in common.

Adapt the activity for younger students: To make the activity easier, tell students what the words have in common or arrange students in pairs to solve the anagram puzzles.

• BURN EM
• INCA FORT
• OBTAIN CRUST
• ITALIC LIP MOUNT

Answers: number, fraction, subtraction, and multiplication are all math terms

Article by Gary Hopkins