10 of the ideas will help you turn worksheets into engaging collaborative activities (like the examples in this post).
Another 25 activities are worksheet-free and simply provide an easy way for kids to practice the skills you’ve just taught them (so you can ✓ Are adaptable for ANY subject area ✓ Are adaptable for ANY grade level 3rd and up (modifiable for students who aren’t yet reading/writing independently) ✓ Are totally no-prep: you can choose any activity and be ready to teach it immediately ✓ Require no special materials: you’ll need only basic classroom supplies, like scratch paper and pencils ✓ Allow you to make worksheets more meaningful OR replace them completely with active learning strategies Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years experience in the classroom, plus over a decade of experience as an instructional coach.
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Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.Worksheets: we all have to give them, we all hate doing it.Here are 5 no prep ways you can turn just about any lower level thinking or rote practice worksheet (like a multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank quiz, or math drill workbook page) into an activity that’s collaborative and includes higher level thinking skills. These 5 active learning strategies and games have absolutely saved me and my third graders when I was required to give yet ANOTHER test prep activity: Group students into teams of five and pass out one copy of the same worksheet to each group.Challenge students to complete the worksheet and make an intentional error (an incorrect math calculation, out-of-order sequencing, grammatical or factual mistake in a written response, etc.) Then have students switch papers, mark the mistake, and discuss it.Group students into pairs, and have them place their desks together in a way that forms a large circle in the classroom (or clearly-defined rows.) Pass out the assignment you want students to complete and have each person in the pair choose to be Partner 1 or Partner 2.The strategies work for grades 3-12 (and can be modified for students who aren’t yet reading/writing independently). Have the group cut apart the worksheet so each question is on a separate strip or “card.” Students then place the stack face down and choose roles (to be Person 1,2,3,4, or 5.) Explain how the activity is played and write the following team roles on the board for class reference: Person 1 on each team chooses a card and reads the question or problem aloud to the team.Person 2 paraphrases the question and/or offers clues to the answer.They should ensure every person on the team understands the reasoning, as they won’t know which team member will be responsible for answering the question. The person on each team whose number was called writes his or her answer on an individual dry erase board (or sheet of paper).Team members can NOT help in any way, or they will lose a point.Critical thinking is a skill that students develop gradually as they progress in school.While the skill becomes more important in higher grades, some students find it difficult to understand the concept of critical thinking.