This year I knew that I wanted to make teamwork something we did from the start. I wanted it to become second nature for them.
This day has exceeded my wildest expectations! I had a blast looking through the photos when I was prepping this post. I realized as I looked closely that a lot of the kids who were "buddy gaming it" were kids who never usually interacted in a close manner.
My puzzle collection started small at first, but thanks to the Dollar Tree, I now have about 20 puzzles that they can choose from.
A few students do tend to gravitate towards the same puzzles each Wednesday. Lately I have taken to giving them a sand timer - the 10 minute to start. The challenge is to complete it before the time runs out!
this Jenga set for my 5th graders a few years back. At the beginning of this year a few Kindergarten kids were talking about how much they loved playing it at home, so I thought I would give it a try.
They don't always make towers with it, but they do have a lot of fun building and trying things out together!
Straws and connectors
I purchased these straws and connectors back in December. I was listening to my class when they were working on Exploration Thursday one day and they kept saying how they wished the blocks could bend.
I asked them why, and they said "So we can make shapes and animals!" That night I searched around on Amazon until I found these. They tried them out the next day and have loved them ever since!
Math game prep is a cinch! I bought Miss Kindergarten Love's Math Centers for the Year and it makes it so easy. I just choose the games that best tie in with what we are studying in our current math unit.
Right now we are kicking off our addition and subtraction unit. I just have to print and cut and they are ready to go. My class loves these activities and they are a wonderful part of Buddy Games Wednesday!
Up next, part 5 - Exploration Thursdays!
What kinds of teamwork activities do you do with your class?