Simon Says, "Use Your Prepositions!"

Our school has been using iStation this year for Response to Intervention.  Though I am not sold on it because you can't replace good lessons from teachers with a computer program, I do think it helps us get a better picture of who needs interventions.  Our principal says that the kids in Tier 3 must have an hour and a half of iStation, which could be teacher directed lessons supplied by the program.  Well, some are OK, and others have much to be desired.  {And I hate being scripted!}

One of the lessons was actually halfway decent, so I used it with a group of second graders after I did some sprucing up.  It was based on reading prepositions correctly.  We played a quick game of Simon Says with a plastic card that I had.  I told them to put the card in various places (over the chair, under the chair, in front of you).  They had fun.  Here are the cards under the table.

We reviewed prepositions and listed some on the board.  Then I had the students write their own clues for Simon Says.  Here is one child's set of activities.  {She needs a little help with her spelling, I believe!}

Then each child read their own set of clues to the rest of the group who played the game.  They had fun because many of the kids didn't listen and did something even when Simon didn't say to do it. It also helped them because they didn't have to think of the things for everyone to do.

I love when my students have fun and learn! Today they came back in and asked if they could play another game!  Oh, how fun!

What are some fun things you do with your students to make learning more enjoyable?

2 comments

  1. Sounds like they had a great time learning about prepositions! And I agree with you, I am not a fan of programs, scripted or otherwise. :) Great job making their learning fun!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  2. Sounds like a great activity! I think learning is always more fun when students are up and moving.

    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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