"Come On Down!" It's A Game Show to Spark Motivation

I'm linking up with Joanne for the wonderful Spark Student Motivation.
Let us do this thing because the price is right!

If you've read some of my earlier posts you've seen that I weekly co-teach with a second grade teacher. This week we decided to do something a little bit differently based on our Fall Festival (all-school assembly from the previous week) where I was dressed as the game show host.  Just imagine a classier version of Alex Trebeck mixed with a touch of Ron Burgnudy.   

The students had asked if I could host a game show in their classroom and well, I am nothing if not accommodating--so I immediately knew this was a done deal.  

On Thursday afternoon I walked into their classroom in a suit, my own version of an ascot, a wig, and stick-on mustache.  THE PRICE IS RIGHT KIDS!

So we had our own little game show in the classroom and I even provided background music from The Dating Game and The Price Is Right.  I have no shame.

Now I'm sure you're wondering how is this even teaching (or educational)(or what the heck is this?).  And those are all good questions, so let me tell you.  About a year ago I found a couple of free game show-type English Language Arts apps from Lakeshore Learning called Language Adventures.  These apps are excellent at reinforcing ELA and Math skills.  There are also two apps for grades 1-3 and 4-6.  I've used these quite a bit with my students and it ranges from 1:1 to whole class.

I would highly recommend purchasing these apps not just because of the information and skills students can practice, but each question can actually be a jumping off point for a teacher, and the game is easy to use and understand.

There are also math versions of this available too.  I don't have those, but if they are anything like this I might need to buy myself some more.  At $1.99 you really can't go wrong.

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