Gamification is all the rage in classrooms around the world. It is easy to go overboard when you gamify your lessons, because a little gamification goes a long way.
To check out ways I love to gamify test prep and other review sessions, check out this post.
Materials for Gamification
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- Dry Erase Boards
- These are a must in my book. They allow for students to work out problems, share answers during cooperative learning activities, complete stations, and more.
- Dry Erase Markers
- The boards without the markers would be useless. I have tried MANY types of markers and the original EXPO brand are by far the best. I also complete a whole lesson on how to use and protect the markers including not pushing too hard on the tip, making sure the cap is on tight, and always storing horizontally to get the most out of each marker.
- I love these foam dice because they are larger and I don’t have to hear them rolling across desks or the floor.
- So many games require a spinner and these clear spinners fit right over anything and work wonders. They have stood the test of time in the classroom too.
- Alternatively, a large paperclip on the end of a pencil tip does the trick too!
- Game Pieces
- These super fun “Meeples” are brightly colored game pieces that are inexpensive and make great movable pieces.
- Colored Paperclips
- I use these for game pieces and spinners and just about anything else I can!
- Task Card Organization
- Once I print a set of task cards I like to laminate and store them so I never have to do it again. I use these boxes to hold task cards and keep them together from year to year.
- Alternatively, sometimes I punch a hole in each card and use these rings to hold them together.
- Astrobrights Cardstock
- I prefer bright paper to print or copy on rather than making color copies.
- Reusable, Dry Erase Pockets
- These amazing pockets allow you to insert a recording sheet for say, Digital Stinky Feet, and use it over and over again.
- Tiny Plastic Cups
- These plastic cups are perfect for many games in the classroom, but my favorite is Towers! (Ignore the fact that they originally meant for taking shots.)
- Wireless Doorbell
- This tool is great for calling attention back to you.
- Anytime you have to take turns or have your eye on the clock, this timer is the absolute best tool to keep everyone on track and the game moving!
- Answer Buzzers
- This item adds a little novelty to the classroom, and when used sparingly will catch your students by surprise.
- Flippable Scoreboard
- If you plan to have an ongoing game, this leaderboard is a fun way to keep track of scores and keep your students engaged.
This List Could Go On Forever
There are of course about a million more materials you could use to gamify your classroom, but these are a great start!
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