Today, I'm going to share a station activity I came up with just by rummaging through junk in my house. I call it "Learning Gems." First, I found an old Christmas tin (we all have those!) and covered the Santa on top with a label (I'm a Spanish immersion teacher by the way).
Then I filled the inside with shredded paper from my husband's office.
I found some of those "decorative gems" and came up with my idea. I printed out our Science Inquiry vocabulary words in very small, tiny print (like 6-8 size font). I cut out each of the words. Then I glued the FRONT of each word with transparent stick glue and stuck them to the BACK of each gem. Here's an example.
The gem actually magnifies the word to where it's legible (And I teach light, so this will correlate with that unit of study, too.).
Then I hid all eleven vocabulary gems in the box. And now we're ready to play! Here's how the game goes.
1) Students play in small groups.
2) They take turns trying to find and pull out a gem. If even ONE piece of shredded paper falls out, they lose their turn, and the next person goes (This helps keep things clean, too!)
3) Once a gem is pulled out, all the students copy it in their science journals. They could even write what they think the word means, so that will get them thinking about the vocabulary.
4) Students try to pull out and copy all 11 gems before the rotation time is up. You will know if they did it or not if they have all of the words written down.
It's kind of a weird game, but the students really enjoyed it. It was a good introduction to the key vocabulary, and they were so proud when they found all 11 words. And they were quiet! I had five students in each group.
So, that's my post. I'm off to see what else I have lying around that could be a fun teaching tool. And don't forget - SAVE YOUR BOTTLE CAPS! I hope to share what I'm doing with them very soon!