Today Franklin and I spent a little time soaking up some Vitamin D and lounging in the yard. The weather is 80 and perfect! I'm also loving it because tonight at volleyball the sun should make up for the freezing temps we had last week! Ohio, I'll tell ya!
Though I've enjoyed having "nothing to do" I am so excited about my new job that I cannot stop planning/buying/creating things for the new school year. Last night I tweaked a Pinterest inspired idea and came up with this.
I've seen variations of sight word Jenga games on Pinterest, but I put my own spin on it to differentiate and make it work for my classroom.
My school uses Fry Words for sight word recognition. Fry's words are the most common words of our language, grouped by every 100. I created 2 sets of Jenga for the first 200 words.
At my school, students master a list of 25 words at a time at an individual pace. Because of this my students naturally will be on a variety of levels all at one. That's where the differentiation comes in.
I grouped the words by 50 (this will challenge them a bit to see words not on their list, but still be working at their level) and wrote the different levels in 2 colors. Now my students can play in mixed ability groups and not even know that they might have a lower level list than other students.
There are 54 blocks in a Jenga set and you could use them for just about anything you might need to differentiate in a fun way.
How would you use this game for your classroom?