Suggestions for the classroom use of games:
Try out the rules provided as a guide, but adapt them to suit your own needs and those of your students.
Store games according to the level of concepts addressed, and assign each student a collection of games that is most suitable for them. For example, there may be 3 boxes of literacy games, with a beginning level, an intermediate level, and an extension level for your class group. If students from different levels need to play together, the Build A Board games are easily adapted for individuals, or the more capable students can take on the role of peer support, by assisting others to learn concepts.
Try changing the endpoint to fit the time you have (for example, instead of collecting 20 points, change the goal to 5).
Students will remain engaged if games are enjoyable and fast moving. Try to have groups of 2 or 3, so turns are shared quickly.
Younger learners enjoy being able to make choices about their learning. In groups of 2 or 3, each student will get to choose one of the games they play each day over a period of 15 or 20 minutes.
Each day, one group of students can work online (individually or in pairs), at some of the amazing free interactive sites that are available. (This site includes lots of external links to activities that develop numeracy and literacy concepts.) The rest of the class can be engaged in small group games. The teacher can be free to work with an individual or group, or to observe and assist the independent learning occuring each day.
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Take Two! (g-p-h-r sounds)
This is a game for younger learners who are making connections between letter symbols and sounds. The goal is to identify the beginning sound in words and match this to the letter symbols. It contains a shared board and 8 picture cards for each letter sound. There are heaps of card and board games here that have been designed for learners who are becoming familiar with the letter sounds. Simple, easy to remember, rules of play are included, and predictable visual clues are used to support pre-readers.
This game and others like it are also available in Literacy Games - Letter Names and Sounds.
Slip and Slide Bossy e Game
A board game with short and long 'i' sounds in words. Players collect counters for reading the words correctly. Board and card games that allow learners to see word families over and over, and read them repeatedly (and successfully), are essential resources for teachers of beginning readers.
This game and others like it are also available in Literacy Games - Word Families.
Which Homophone? Game
This game allows learners to become familiar with 13 pairs of homophones. Players move forward by using homophones correctly in sentences. There is a check list included to ensure players have used the correct meaning for each word. Other games to familiarise learners with the concept of homophones and to teach them explicitly, are available.
This game and others like it are also available in Literacy Games - Reading and Spelling Activities.
Ouch! Sight Word Card Game (List 16)
This game gives players lots of repetition with 10 sight words. Players keep taking cards and reading them until a word is mis-read or an 'Ouch' card is played. Then the next player gets their turn. The player with the most words at the end is the winner. This is a fast game, that mostly comes to down to luck with how many cards each player gets, but the humour associated with pulling an 'ouch' card diffuses the bad luck. The 'Ouch' game is available with 5 different sets of 10 sight words (lists 16-20 of the Wild Words). It is recommended that each game is printed on different coloured card to make identification of each list easier. Mixing the lists is not problematic, but putting two sets together would make the game tedious. Games have been trialled so that they keep learners engaged. Games that seem to go for too long or that progress slowly, have players losing interest quickly.
This game and others like it are also be available in Literacy Games -Sight Words.
Foxy CVC Words card game
A card game where players take turns to pull cards from the container and state aloud what the CVC word is (students learning these words will start by blending the sounds to determine the words, and then progress to becoming automatic at recognising CVC words). If it is correct, the player keeps it. The player with the most word cards at the end of the game is the winner. This game provides lots of repetition with CVC words. There are special cards to add interest to the game.
This game and others like it are also available in Literacy Games - CVC Word Games.
Trucks 1-10 Game
A board game to develop automatic recall and matching of the numerals 1-10. There is a base board of trucks and a set of cards with the driver and matching numerals. Print enough for a group (a board and set of cards for each player - I've made 6 of each to keep in a set. Print the boards and cards onto coloured card.) Players take it in turns to take a
truck driver card and try to match it on their board of trucks. If
they already have a number, they put the card face up on
the table for another to use when it is their turn. The
first player to cover all their trucks with the correctly
matched packages is the winner. This game is also available with snowmen, sailboats and racing cars. Print each game on a different colour for easy packup.
This game and others like it are also available in Numeracy Games - Numeral Recognition.
The aim of this board game is to develop learners' skills at combining numbers mentally by counting on. The numbers 6-10 are used with a normal die. (A 1-20 number line is useful to have alongside, and partners can check the answers given. Using a die with dots rather than numerals will also make the task easier when beginning to combine numbers mentally.) There are many card and board games on the website that support learners building mental maths skills with quick, enjoyable tasks. A 5-10 minute daily session with targetted activities can be very productive in the classroom or at home.
This game and others like it are also available in Numeracy Games - Counting Activities and Games.
Ways to Make...14 16 21
A game with a base board and set of cards, where players use mental maths strategies to work out whether the total of each sum is 14, 16 or 21. Cards include addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. Players have the opportunity to practise putting their automatic recall of number facts like doubles and friends of ten, into practice. The format keeps players interested, as they quickly gain sets of cards. A great addition to the class set of maths activities.
This game and others like it are also available in Numeracy Games - Computations.
Trading Game: Hundreds, Tens, Units
Trading game & Making 3 Digit Numbers Instructions
Make a board for each player. Two games can be played with the same board. Use Base 10 blocks with the game (flats, sticks and units) and a 1-6 die. The game reinforces the concept of trading 10 units for a stick to make 10, and 10 sticks of 10 to make a 100 flat. The second game gives an opportunity for making (needs base 10 blocks) , reading and ordering 3-digit numbers. There are other base boards to play these games as well: Trains, Trucks, Cargo, Ships.
This game and others like it are also available in Numeracy Games - Counting Activities.
Bunny Tables x2 x3 x5
This is the same game format as the Ways to Make, above, with learners getting lots of repetition with number facts. Similar games for , x4, x6, x9, x10, x11, x12tables are in the Numeracy Games section for older students. The game is motivating and play moves quickly. Players work out mentally, whether the number card they choose is a mulitple of 3 or 5 or 2. They have a choice of where to place it that may advantage them, if a card is a mulitple of two or three numbers. Having visual wall charts or cards available, showing the tables included, is useful for players to check their answers and can be used in the initial stages of learning tables.
This game and others like it are also available in Numeracy Games - Maths Activities for older students.
The Classroom Kit is a collection of engaging numeracy and literacy resources for teachers of early childhood students. The materials available are resources that assist students' learning of important concepts. All activities are relevant and practical. (There are no time fillers!!)
The activities are designed for students between the ages of 5 and 8, but they address the learning needs of many other students throughout the primary school years, who are experiencing delays in acquiring important literacy and numeracy concepts.
This website differs from others in that the focus is to promote the use of educational games within classrooms. Other resources such as worksheets, templates, booklets and flashcards will be added in time, as additional support for classroom teachers. Lots of external links to websites from around the world have been included, to give teachers quick access to some of the excellent online resources that can also enrich classroom programs.
Games are an ideal medium for teaching because students are stimulated and entertained, while being fully engaged in learning essential literacy and numeracy concepts. Incorporating a games session into the daily classroom program can also contribute to the social skills program, with students having purposeful opportunities to share, make choices, communicate decisions and understandings, resolve problems, and take personal responsibility for their own learning.
My goal is to provide a cheap, but practical and accessible alternative to the very expensive commercially produced educational games and resources that most schools and teachers rely upon.
This website can assist teachers to plan for and support the learning needs of all students within the retraints of time and budget allocations. The numeracy and literacy resources would also be useful in teaching older students with additional needs, who are integrated within mainstream classroooms. Most of the games and worksheets can be used to support the learning programs of individuals, small groups and whole classes. A student learning at a different pace to most in the group can play the same card or board game (with the group), but using cards that address concepts appropriate to his level of understanding).
How many resources do members have access to?
Games, worksheets and other resources to promote the learning of important literacy concepts:
Letters and Sounds (38 games; 105 worksheets)
CVC Words (24 games; 67 worksheets)
Sight Words (77 games; 27 worksheets)
Rhyming Words (3 games; 12 worksheets)
Word Families (48 games; 51 worksheets; 11 class activities - riddles; 10 whole class games; 30 flip booklets; 5 word family lists & certificates)
Sentences (36 worksheets)
Spelling Activities (24 games)
Comprehension activities (11 worksheets)
Handwriting (31 worksheets)
Writing Templates (12 worksheets)
Alphabet Books (23)
Beginning Reader Templates (25)
Christmas activities (19)
Charts and cards
Games, worksheets and other resources to promote the learning of important numeracy concepts:
Numeral recognition (43 games; 1 whole class game, 4 ordinal number activities)
Counting (22 games; 50 worksheets)
Computations or Algorithm -including tables (68 games; 110 worksheets)
Place Value (5 games)
Data Representation (104 class surveys & 11 graph templates)
Measurement (36 worksheets)
Number books (4)
Cards and Charts
These resources are available now. New resources are being added as they are made.
Check the Latest News each time you visit The Classroom Kit, to see where new things have been added.
Membership to The Classroom Kit provides access to a wealth of amazing classroom materials that are attractive, practical, economical and relevant to today's early childhood curriculum. The Classroom Kit is, most importantly, a huge time saver for teachers! Once the teacher has assessed the learning needs of students and selected appropriate activities, teacher assistants or parent helpers can be involved in the actual preparation of materials for use in the classroom, thus allowing the teacher more time for assessing, planning and teaching face to face with individuals or small groups!
Access to some free educational games and activities is provided for guests to use. Full access to all numeracy and literacy resources requires the viewer to become a member, with a very low fee structure, that provides the user with 12 months access to the site.
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My literacy and numeracy games can be used in many ways. Do any of these sound useful to you?
- to teach groups of students that have particular needs (each game is a lesson in itself)
- a teacher assistant working with a small group or individual
- a parent helper or volunteer working with a small group or individual
- a daily 15 to 30 minute class activity time for literacy (while some students are involved in guided reading groups, or computer programs for literacy; or for everyone at once, allowing the teacher time to observe or test individually)
- a weekly class activity time for literacy games
- a daily 15 to 30 minute class activity time for numeracy (while some students are involved in a group lesson with the teacher, or with individual computer programs for numeracy; or for everyone at once, allowing the teacher time to observe or test individually)
- a weekly class activity time for numeracy games
- support older students in the primary years to consolidate important concepts they are experiencing difficulty with
- a daily independent activity time for primary students who have low literacy or numeracy skills (build skills and confidence!)
- support special needs students with repetitive, fun activities that strengthen understandings and build skills
- great for high school teachers who are providing special programs for students who need daily experiences with basic numeracy and literacy concepts!
Think of the benefits!!
Build a collection of games that can be used within any classroom, small group, or individual tutoring program.
Always have purposeful activities on hand for parent helpers and teacher assistants.
Reduce lesson planning and preparation time by establishing your collection and including regular activity times in your program.
Allow your students to develop confidence, skills and understandings, while working co-operatively and independently!
Watch students enjoy learning essential literacy and numeracy concepts!
Clipart images used on this website and in the printable resources, are by GraphicsFactory.com and Madi and Kathie.
Resources available on The Classroom Kit:
Literacy resources such as word posters, flash cards and templates.
Literacy resources: flash cards, word posters and templates for teaching emergent literacy skills.
|Reproducible maths games for teaching mathematical concepts|
Maths games to promote enjoyment and understandings of numeracy concepts.
|Games for Numeral Recognition 0 100|
Games to provide experiences with numeral recognition.
|Counting activities and counting games small groups|
Counting activities and counting games for K-3 students.
|Maths with Computations|
Maths activities and games that provide experiences with the algorithms of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division concepts.
|Place Value games|
Card and board games to support learners developing understandings about place value.
|Shape and pattern activities and games|
Numeracy games to support the teaching of spatial and pattern concepts using shape and pattern activities.
|Board and card games with adaptable concepts|
Board and card games for use with any numeracy or literacy concepts.
|Maths activities primary aged students|
Maths activities and games for older students.
|Numeracy worksheets to facilitate the learning of mathematical concepts|
A collection of numeracy worksheets to assist in understanding the mathematical concepts of number, measurement, pattern, space, chance and data.
|Number worksheets for counting and numeral recognition|
Number worksheets for teachers, covering the concepts of numeral recognition and counting.
|Numeracy worksheets - Measurement|
Numeracy worksheets for teaching measurement concepts to early childhood classes.
|Pattern worksheets support teaching early pattern concepts|
Pattern worksheets for early childhood students.
|Spatial awareness worksheets Kinder prep gr 1 gr 2 classrooms|
Spatial awareness worksheets to use with students developing concepts about shape, area and position.
|Maths activities to introduce the concept of probability|
Worksheets and maths activities based on the concept of chance, for early childhood students.
|Graphing activities interactive surveys early childhood|
Graphing activities and other resources for teaching young learners about data collection and representation..
|Data collection and analysis- daily class surveys|
Data collection and analysis in early childhood classrooms.
|Numeracy resources: cards, posters, books and templates for classroom use.|
A collection of numeracy resources for teachers, that include cards and posters of mathematical terms, numbers, patterns and other concepts, for early childhood classrooms.
|Numeracy flash cards for use in early childhood classrooms|
Numeracy flash cards and activity cards for early childhood teachers.
Number posters and mathematical charts for early childhood classrooms
Number posters and charts of mathematical concepts for younger learners.
|Maths resources for Teachers - Templates for activities|
Maths resources for teachers: Reusable templates for measurement, pattern, time, number, data collection and representation.
|Numeracy resources for classrooms - mathematical booklets|
Numeracy resources for teachers to use in the integrated classroom.
Learning Stages Numeracy Concepts
A list of markers to describe the stages of learning early numeracy concepts as defined by the Count Me In Too program.
|Games for teaching emergent literacy skills|
A collection of reproducible games for teaching emergent literacy skills
Alphabet games teaching sound-symbol relationships and letter namesAlphabet games to promote the understanding of sound-symbol relationships - letter names & sounds
|CVC words - Card and board games|
Card games to teach cvc words (consonant-vowel-consonant)
|Word card games sight words
Sight word card games and early reading games.
|Sight Words Lists and Resources|
Sight Words Lists and Resources for teachers to use in classrooms.
|Encouragement Awards -learning sight words|
Encouragement awards and certificates.
|Teaching rhyming words - reading activities games
Games and reading activities to promote understandings of rhyming words.
|Word families - Reading activities and spelling games|
Games and reading activities to promote understandings of word families.
|Spelling activities to develop understandings of common spelling
Spelling activities and games to support the learning of common spelling rules, compound words, and word contractions.
|Literacy worksheets, reading activities, alphabet worksheets|
Literacy worksheets for teachers of early childhood students (including alphabet worksheets).
|Teaching sound symbol relationships - letter names and sounds
Worksheets to promote the understanding of soundsymbol relationships.
|CVC words - Worksheets|
Teaching cvc words (blending, decoding) with worksheets.
|Worksheets for teaching sight words -writing and reading
Worksheets and activities incorporating sight words
|Rhyming words - Worksheets |
Worksheets to assess understandings about rhyming words.
|Word families - spelling and reading worksheets
Spelling and reading worksheets to develop understandings of word families.
|Reading worksheets to develop sentence concepts|
Reading worksheets based on forming sentences.
|Comprehension worksheets understanding instructions|
Comprehension worksheets for pre-readers and early readers.
|Writing worksheets correct letter formation|
Writing worksheets for handwriting practice: Focusing on correct starting position, formation and spatial arrangement of upper and lower case letters.
|Spelling worksheets spelling rules letter patterns|
Spelling worksheets to reinforce understandings of spelling rules and patterns, and activities for inclusion in spelling journals with Individual Spelling Lists (ISLs).
|Free resources for literacy and numeracy teachers|
Free resources, games, worksheets and other sample activities from The Classroom Kit Membersip site.
|Word and alphabet flash cards for classroom use|
Alphabet cards and flash cards for early childhood teachers.
|Word Family Booklets|
Word family books - blending onsets and rimes in flip booklets.
Literacy posters and charts for early childhood classrooms
Literacy posters and reference charts for early childhood classrooms.
|Reading booklets: alphabet resources|
Reading booklets to use as classroom resources for developing phonemic awareness.
Reading and writing templates for teachers of early childhood students
Reading and writing templates to guide young learners with beginning literacy concepts
Christmas activities and worksheets - incorporating literacy and numeracy skills and concepts into enjoyable Christmas activities.
|Interactive Resources for classrooms
Interactive resources for early childhood classrooms -for use on electronic whiteboards.
|Interactive Alphabet activities and games
Links to alphabet activities for kinder-preps.
|Interactive Literacy games and activities for Prep-Grade 1
Links to online literacy games and activities for beginning readers.
Interactive Literacy games and activities for Grade 1-2
Links to online literacy games and activities for developing readers.
|Free maths resources and activities for teachers of early childhood students|
Free maths resources and activities to print and use with younger learners.
|Free reading games available on The Classroom Kit.com|
Free reading games to support phonemic understandings and the development of early literacy skills.
|Free literacy worksheets from The Classroom Kit.com|
Free literacy worksheets for teaching reading and writing concepts.
|Free maths worksheets for teachers of early childhood students|
Free maths worksheets covering mathematical concepts for beginning learners (K-2)
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