Spark Student Motivation - Game Show Prompts

Happy Saturday everyone! I survived my first week of school, woohoo. But by last night I was very tired and I had a hard time getting myself motivated to get things going this morning. I am not sure if that is after effects from the week or the fact that it has been raining all day!

I thought I would take a minute to link up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her weekly linky....

Have you read her post today? It makes me wish she taught my children!!

Today I just wanted to share something I will be introducing next week (can't introduce everything the first week - too many routines and we would never actually get any work done :) ). I was at a workshop last year and one of the teachers mentioned she used some game show lingo to help her students when they are answering questions, sharing their thinking or responding to texts etc. I loved this idea! I watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire occasionally with my girls in the summer and we watch Cash Cab - so I used a combination of these game show options to make cards.
Ask a Friend - they can ask someone near them for their answer or idea to help them form their own answer.
Ask an Expert - they can ask me for some help.

ABC - I can give them 3 options to choose from.
Look it Up - they can use Google or a book to look for an answer.

Skip the Question - gives them the option of skipping the question
Shout Out - let some classmates shout out their answers or ideas before they give their answer/idea

I printed them out on cardstock and put peel and stick magnetic tape on the back (I have run out of magnetic sheets). I will put them on my chart stand when we gather for lessons and discussions.

I hope these cards will help motivate some of my less enthusiastic participants in lessons and discussions. I have a great group of students who are eager to share but I know that I have some that are a little less confident in their answers and ideas. I hope these cards give them some options so that when I call on them they just don't use the standard "I don't know".  Obviously all the cards don't work for every situation and I would not let a student choose Skip the Question every time - they are just a tool to help every one participate with a little more confidence. I'll be back to let you know how they are working for me. I was thinking you could also put them on a binder ring if you did not want to do the magnet thing...

If you want a copy for your classroom head over to my Facebook page - they are my current Fan Freebie.


  1. What a cute idea! Love that you are using current "gameshow" lingo! I think the kids will totally jump onto this and it will get the more reluctant kiddos sharing their answers too because they are more excited! Thanks so much for sharing such a simple and fabulous idea!

    Learning to the Core

  2. What a great idea! I cannot wait to hear how it goes next week. Glad your first week went so well. I am exhausted too!

    Eclectic Educating

  3. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing how you use them. I'm sure it will totally motivate your kiddos!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  4. I love those gameshows too! What a great idea for the classroom. I'm interested to see how it works for you and when you offer the gameshow "choices". It is motivating for sure!
    So glad you survived your first week too. I could barely keep my eyes open last night and was ready for bed at 6 p.m.!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. Awww, what a sweet comment...I wish I taught your girls too-we'd be dancing the day away! :O) I know your game show cards will encourage your reluctant participants because it will be non-threatening and they have a "back up" if necessary. They will love it and you are building their confidence! Great idea!
    Thanks for sharing and linking up a great idea!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  6. Very Cute, I always love reading your ideas because you are a fourth grade teacher too!

    Ms. Chae Charges In

  7. Those are great! My fourth graders always love to play Jeopardy for review, so I know they're going to love these games show cards :D

  8. Thanks for sharing!! :) Very cute.


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