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An important part of classroom discipline is creating a learning environment in which children are more interested in learning than misbehaving.
As many of you know, my background includes experience in the entertainment industry and in the education arena and I believe that quality education and entertainment have a lot in common. So, I'm going to use this page to share some fun activities you and your students can enjoy together.
These activities are taken from Jon Erwin's book, The Classroom of Choice. Jon has kindly consented to my sharing his ideas with you and if you are looking for a great book on classroom management, I highly recommend Jon's. His website his Inspiring Motivation.
I'll be adding activities on a regular basis so be sure to check back often. To start off, here is a fun activity about teamwork called "Boop":
"Boop" This activity will get students laughing while demonstrating the importance of cooperation and interdependence.
1. Have students form groups of three to five. 2. Give each group a ballon to blow up and tie. 3. Have the groups of students form circles, facing inward, hands joined (they won't mind holding hands for this activity). 4. The object of the game is to keep the balloon up in the air without letting go of hands. They can use any body part to keep the balloon afloat. 5. For a challenge, the give groups directions like "Heads only," "Elbows only," and so forth. 6. Afterward, hold a discussion about what made the groups successful. One point that students may bring up is the importance of being flexible and resourceful in our attempts to achieve goals. Also, students may mention that different people may accomplish similar goals in diverse ways. The Classroom of Choice, page 164.
"WALLY Test Questions" The World Association for Laughing, Learning, and Youth (WALLY) designed these questions to trick and frustrate you, but also to make you laugh. These are to be answered quickly, so tell your students that they have no more than 10 seconds to write down their individual responses.
1. What is twice the half of 1 1/4? 2. If two chickens lay two eggs in two days, how many eggs should a peacock lay in two days? 3. How many cubic feet of earth are in a hole measuring 3-feet-wide by 4-feet-long by 5-feet-deep? 4. Do you know long cows should be milked? 5. Where was Cleopatra's temple? 6. In what month do Americans eat the least? 7. How many marbles can you put in an empty bag? 8. The grocer stands six feet tall, has a 46-inch chest, and wears size 12 shoes. What do you think he weighs? 9. If a duck comes paddling down the Nile, where would it have come from?
10. What would you call a person who does not have all his fingers on one hand?
Here are the answers (get ready to hear groans and growls):
1. 1 1/4. 2. Peacocks don't lay eggs; peahens do. 3. There is no earth in a hole. 4. The same way as short cows. 5. On the side of her head. 6. February; it has the fewest days. 7. One. After that, it is not empty. 8. Fruits and vegetables. 9. An egg. 10. Normal. Your fingers should be spread equally over two hands. The Classroom of Choice, page 179.
Greetings Some people shake hands when they meet. Others give each other a "high five." In some cultures people kiss each other on either cheek. In this game, the students are paired up and challenged to work out a new way of greeting each other. After 5 or 10 minutes, to the accompaniment of lively music, pairs are invited to demonstrate to the teacher and the class their new greeting. They might see each other, hop three times, and lightly tug on each other's ear. Or they might see each other and leapfrog. Maybe your students will start a new trend! The Classroom of Choice, Page 185.
Who is the Leader? This game starts out with the students sitting in a circle in chairs or at desks. One person leaves the room. Another person is chosen to be leader. The leader stays in his place and gestures, makes faces, and fidgets. The rest of the students in the circle follow along with the leader's actions. The student who left the room returns, joins the circle, and tries to guess who the leader is by carefully observing the group (Craigen &Ward, 1994).
This game might be followed with a discussion on leadership: What is a leader? What kinds of leaders are there? What is the difference between a natural leader and one who is in a position of leadership? The Classroom of Choice, Page 188.