How did I do all of this in a crazy, hectic week you ask. Well I did it by.....
Here is what I did. First I got a few key youtube videos ready to go.
This first video is great for building excitement to start off your lesson. I used the Family Feud theme but the Price is Right theme is also here.
You will also want to have the "thinking" music from Jeopardy ready to go - this one can play it for an hour!!
I brought in a music stand for my hosting podium and the microphone from our Rockband game (wish I had an FM system but I can boom my voice when I want!!).
Then the fun began. With the theme music playing and my best announcer voice booming I called my students over to the carpet to join our studio audience. I introduced the host (me - this is just a sample) and the contestants.
Continuing in my best host voice we went through the slides reviewing symmetry before getting to the question
But, students did not just get to say whether or not the figure was symmetrical they had to figure out and prove which contestant had the right answer.
We would come back together as a class. I would call out the contestant's answers and with a round of applause my class would tell me who they thought was right. Sometimes there were disagreements or misconceptions we had to work through together as a class. This was the perfect opportunity to call audience members to the stage (my podium) to share their thinking and model. Once we reached a consensus we would assign points to the correct contestant.
|Here was our scoreboard during our commercial break.|
The game could not be completed within one math period - so we of course took a commercial break. While my students were having a snack before recess I played a few commercials from youtube. I know a few kid friendly commercials but find movie trailers to be the safest. We watched the one for the new Peanuts movie , the Inside Out movie and the Minion movie.
While I called my students down - you could also hand out tickets for the game show. Here is a file I created that you could use for any game - print on colorful cardstock and laminate to reuse. Click here to get a copy.
If you want to check out the game show and follow up activities I created click on the picture.
You can check out this blog post to read about another math game show we did in grade 3.
Since this activity definitely motivated my students I am linking up with my friend Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her truly inspirational linky....