Monday, September 12, 2016

Beach Ball Back to School!

A few years back I posted about my love for catch balls games.

Now, for the past year years, I have expanded from using them for test prep to incorporating them into my back-to-school routine. I use them as a first week of school activity for my gifted and talented, regular education, and special education classes of students to get to know one another.  



Beach balls can be purchased for approximately $.50-$1.50 cents a piece on Amazon or Oriental Trading. Since I use these activities regularly each year, I usually purchase a 6-pack or 12-pack. The beach balls pictured were about $7 for a 12-pack on Amazon. 

I put together a 4-pack of activities on TpT to help share some of my favorite ideas!

Community Building & Test Review Beach Ball Activities:


Three variations on "getting to know you" games are provided as well as a "test review game". 


♦ Teacher Guide (4 pages)♦ Catch A Question Getting to Know You Game Worksheet (1 pages)♦ Me Too! Getting to Know You Game Worksheet (1 pages)♦ Share Six! Getting to Know You Game Worksheet (1 pages)♦ Catch A Question Test Review Game Worksheets (2 pages)

Each of the four games had a teacher guide with pictures of a sample beach ball. Each of the four games has coordinating worksheets for the students. The sheets are easy to follow and all you need is a beach ball, the worksheets, a permanent marker, and the students!

Catch A Question Getting to Know You Game
This game allows students to create their own questions and to share their unique responses!

Me Too! Getting to Know You Game
This game focuses on sharing the similarities of the students!

Share Six! Getting to Know You Game &
Catch A Question Test Review Game
The "getting to know you share six!" game allows students to share six facts about themselves and to ask questions of classmates.  The "test review share six" allows students to create their own test prep questions and in combination with other students' questions, review for upcoming assessments. 


What other beach ball variations do you use?

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