Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Magical Product Swap

Hello everyone and welcome to the


 I bet you have all had this event on your calendar since the the last one in October haven't you?? 
This is my first time to participate and I am ESTATIC to be paired up with Erin over at

Now, you might be more familiar with her blog called Tales from Room 112.  She started off the new Year, by changing her blog design and name...AH.DOR.ABLE!!

When Erin and I first started discussing which products to swap, I asked to review her 

 However, when I looked it over closely, it just wasn't something I felt would "mesh" with my class.  Now, mind you, it is an AWESOME product.  But, I have the lowest reading group in 2nd Grade (my choice...I LOVE it!) and they are not independent AT ALL!!!  I just didn't feel this would work in my room.

So, then I decided to swap for her 
Just look at all the great games that are included in this unit!

It was great to have some new games to play when we returned to school after the Christmas break.

 I don't know about the rest of you, but we are limited on the amount of copies we can make.  However, this works fine for me because I am SO a GAME person.  I LOVE teaching the students through games.  The first thing I did was laminate all of the pages after I had printed them on cardstock. This will make them more durable, plus we can use them over and over and over.  

(kinda like the Energizer Bunny, sorry...I digress!)

 My students really enjoyed this first game although we haven't really learned about fractions yet.  I did this game in a small group so that I could "guide" them on their answers.  Each student had his/her own game board.  Each student had 12 counters. They rolled both dice.  As you can see from the pic, this roll would have been 1/4 so the shape showing 1/4 was covered. Each player has his own game board.  The winner is the first person to cover the ENTIRE game board. 

The next two games wer just perfect for us as we have been working on addition and subtraction.  Both games follow the same format.  As the student rolls the dice, he makes a 2-digit number and writes it on the recording sheet.  The second student does the same and makes a 2-digit number for the next 2 spots.  The players work together to solve the problem.  No competition, just a sneaky way to get some good old-fashioned practice in!  

The Subtraction game is played the same, making sure that the larger of the two numbers is on top.

The Graph Race was by far the students FAVORITE (especially for those boys who made race car sounds as they played! haha).  This is a simple, but very fun graphing game.  The students roll the two dice, add the numbers together and color in a square above that number.  The first person to completely fill ONE column is the winner.
My students just finished learning about money in December, so this game was a GREAT review!  To play this game, the student simply rolls the die, looks at the chart, and draws the coin to match.  The first student to reach $1.00 is the winner.

The last game in this unit is called Highest Sum.  The students use three dice to try to make the largest number possible.  The tricky part is that they have to keep adding each roll to the roll before.  At the end, the person with the highest FINAL total is the winner!  LOVE,love, LOVE that this game got some much needed 3-digit addition in!

Now, you can enter to win your OWN choice of any item for my store and well as Erin's store (up to $10).  Fill out the Rafflecopter for your chance to win!

In addition, these games are 20% off in our stores. Click here to grab mine and here to grab Erin's.

1 comment:

  1. Great review Cynthia! I am finding so many great products tonight!