Right after I got back from maternity leave, I shared a bunch of ideas I was using to spice up how my students were going over “Good Things”. Basically, I was looking for ways to use the same vocabulary we used to talk about our weekends (Ex: I saw, I went, I watched, etc.) but in new ways to keep it exciting. There was this baseball trivia game and this rock paper scissors one. I’ve also done two truths and a lie. Today I share another one that was perfect for the day we got back from spring break – take two steps forward, one step back!
Basically, I typed up a bunch of sentences about MY spring break on a powerpoint. If the student also did the activity, they took two steps forward. If they did NOT do the activity, they took one step backwards. The student furthest ahead had the spring break most like mine and the student closest to the starting line had the least like mine!
Here’s a couple of thoughts:
- Make sure to identify what constitutes a step forward. I told mine they had to put one foot directly in front of the other.
- After the first class, I got bored of just reading the sentences about myself so I started asking kids for more details. For example, one of my sentences said that I spent time with my dogs. I then interviewed everyone who spent time with their dogs and the person who spent time with the most amount of dogs stepped forward.
- I added pictures with my statements. While I think this aided in comprehension, I also think it gave away my big surprise (that the student furthest ahead had a spring break similar to mine).