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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Beg, Borrow, Steal, Then Adapt

Teachers are really good at sharing resources.  My mantra is "beg, borrow, steal, then adapt".  Sticker game boards are a perfect example of this.

A co-worker showed me his sticker game board and explained that he uses it for Vocabulary review.  A light bulb went off in my head.  My students will review ANY concept, if I call it a game.  I usually call our Vocabulary review "Vocabulary Pictionary".  They take turns drawing pics and flipping through their vocabulary journals.  I can turn almost any Math concept into a dice, card, or bingo game.  And over the years, I have bought several board games for classrooms.  But this......this.........this takes it to another level.

Summer Break is coming soon and I know that the kids will get bored at some point during the 2 months.  I have always sent home "break" homework packets, filled with word searches and math worksheets to help prevent the summer slide.  But this year, the students made their own gameboards.

A pen pal recently sent us a care package with tons of goodies.  St. Patrick's Day pencils, buttons, stickers, napkins, paperclips, and foam shamrocks and hearts.  I instantly knew what we were going to do with them!

Some of them were not finished when I took the pics, but you get the idea.  I just LOVE the different ideas they all had!  Some decided to make them into Math games.  Some made fact or opinion games.  Some made multiple choice cards.  My non-reader made his for practicing his sight words.  In the end, they had fun AND created a board game to play over Summer Break.

I would love to hear how you would "beg, borrow, steal, and then adapt" this idea. 


  1. Check out the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in November... In Chicago. There is an entire part dedicated to educators. Mary Couzin would love to chat with you.

    1. She can reach me at The game fair looks like fun!