Thursday, December 20, 2012

16 Amazing File Folder Games for Science!

Grades 2-3: Science File Folder Games by Carson - Dellosa

If you ask my students to name one of their favorite classroom activities, they'll more than likely tell you about our workstations.  During the last hour of our day, each student partnership rotates through a series of three stations.  Our stations range from technology to word work.  Most of our stations have a digital component.  We try to integrate technology as much as possible.  However, if a station doesn't have an engaging gadget, it most likely has a fun interactive component like the Carson-Dellosa science file folder games.  

My students really enjoy the science games included in the kit.  The games are all easy to understand, student-friendly, colorful and interesting, and standards aligned. 

All I had to do was cut the card-stock pieces for each file folder.  Luckily I had a generous parent volunteer that actually did this for our class.  After the pieces were cut, she labeled a medium sized manila envelope and placed the cards inside.  So organized!

The back of the box shows a thumbnail image of all 16 games that cover Earth and space, physical and life sciences, climate, food groups, parts of the body, parts of a plant, solids and liquids, objects in spaces (living and non-living) and dressing for the weather.

The box is very sturdy and doubles as a durable case for each of your file folder games.  Sometimes I encourage my kids to try a specific topic, but they really love the ability to choose from a variety of fascinating topics.  This choice really enhances their engagement while in the center or with their partner.  

Sometimes it's nice to have an artifact of their learning.  The kit includes a variety of corresponding formative assessment pieces to accompany each topic.  The pieces are put into a nice little booklet.  I simply make a few copies of each paper and put them inside of each file folder.  After the students complete the activity, they demonstrate their understanding on paper to submit.  I can quickly gauge areas of understanding for re-teaching.  There is one page per file folder topic.  I personally love the format of the pages.  The page is not crowded with too much writing and there are clean visuals to support the task.  Very nice!

We use several activities in our workstations.  This summer, I plan to put together an organized book/binder for all of our standards aligned materials.  Stay tuned!  

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