(I am participating in a linky party hosted by PrimaryPossibilities. I will be guest posting at ScienceInTheCity2, please check it out. Here with us now is another awesome teacher, Jamie Riggs, guest blogging for us today. Please check out her so cool fun activities for your kids!)
Currently, I am in a very cool position at my middle school – I work as a math coach to my teachers half a day, and I work as a math resource to students who are below grade level and have never passed state standardized test the other half of the day. I teach 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students so my math activities range from 3rd grade to Algebra.
Recently, I joined the teacher blogging world and I’m absolutely loving every minute! I have met tons of fun, amazing teachers and have found an abundance of resources and new fun ideas! The purpose of my blog is to show you fun, creative ideas to use in your own classroom. I love taking pictures of what my students are doing so you have a full picture of how the activity works.
In December, I was featured in the TpT Holiday Freebie with my Frosty Relay activity.
Due to the HUGE number of responses I received, I made 3 more versions of the relay for other age groups and I wanted to share them with you!
And the original Holiday Freebie:
The frosty relay is one of my all-time favorite activities! The students love the competition and the creativity all rolled into one. We’re actually going to be using this activity this week as we come back from break. (Head over to my blog next week to see tons of awesome snowmen pics created by my kiddo!)
For this activity, I usually set up groups of four. Each student is assigned a problem number (1, 2, 3, and 4). At the front of the room, set up a sheet of large construction paper, poster board, or something tangible they can draw on easily. I usually allow my students to create fun names for their team and I write the name at the top of each paper.
Also, you will want to make enough copies so that each student has one. Cut the paper in half so that you have each round separate. I usually lay them out on a table in order so that students can easily grab the next round once they are ready.
Explain to them how the relay works.
1. Each group starts on the first “round” (there are 9 total).
2. Each group member must answer their assigned problem (example person 1 answers problem 1, person 2 answers problem 2, and so on.)
3. After each member has answered their problem, the students should follow the directions at the bottom (i.e. who should bring the paper to the teacher to get it checked AND who should draw their part of the snow man).
4. After one round has been completed and the snow man piece has been drawn, the team moves to the next round. It is very possible for each team to be on a different round. If a team misses a problem, hand back the papers and make them find their mistake. Often times, they find it very quickly. They may ask their group to help if necessary.
5. There are 2 winners - 1) the team that completes the relay the fastest and 2) the team that creates the most “artsy” snowman as voted on by the class. The second award is crucial… it keeps all teams in the relay until the end - even if they aren’t fast!
I truly hope that you enjoy this activity! It can be easily adapted to any content! Please feel free to drop by my blog and say hi! There are always fun activities and pictures being posted! AND, if I keep to my resolution, I’ll be posting even more frequently, joining more linky parties, AND more fun blog swaps like this one!
Wishing each of you the happiest of New Year’s!