Thursday, July 18, 2013

Who Goes First? 40 Ways for Kids to Decide

It's time for your kids to break out into small groups and begin working on a task.  Or they are about to start a game.  The first question I always anticipate is, "Who goes first?"  Here's something that will get your kids engaged in deciding who will start the activity or game.

There are 40 cards in all.  You can put these on a ring and just pick one randomly to call out to groups.  You can also randomly pick one to give to each group so that each group has a different way to find who goes first.  Of course, at the beginning of the year when you are setting your routines, you'll teach your students what to do if they need to have a tie breaker or if no one in the group satisfies the criteria.

I've also created 5 spinners that can be used in the same way.  Kids use a paperclip and a pencil to spin the spinner.  These spinners can be put on a ring and hung in a convenient location.  They could also have a magnet applied to the back and put in a handy dandy spot so your students can get to them.

I've also created a teacher card that has all 40 ways on one card so it's at your fingertips; you'll see it in the download.



Miss Foote said...

This is BRILLIANT! Paper rock scissors always turns into "best of 3"..."no best of 5" ridiculousness! Going to TPT now!

Chickadee Jubilee

Belinda Kinney said...

Thank you, Laurie! I just visited your precious, amazing and resourceful blog. I'm your newest follower. Yea!

I Love 2 Teach

Moira said...

Hi, How do I download the creative ways to line up your class?

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