Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gameboards Galore with a Freebie

This year we've introduced Daily 5 and I'm loving it.  It's not perfection but I really enjoy it more than creating stations every other week.  I was inspired to create a set of gameboards for my firsties to use during work on words.  The gameboards are blank and my kiddos use dice, game markers, and their individualized word rings to play. Y'all they have been RUNNING to grab a gameboard when it's time for work on words!! In my previous post I talked about doing Abby's Oz unit...my Oz board was the first gameboard that I introduced to them. They fell in love and so did I.  It was actually a word wall review week so I just plugged in our words for that six weeks and had an instant review game. Easy Peasy!! Just fabulous!!!

Gameboard themes include Wizard of Oz, Smurf themed, Wonka/candy, Peter Pan, Superhero, owl, Paris, cowboy, and pirate. So much fun!

Visit my TPT store to get your set! Even better, click HERE to get a free galaxy themed gameboard! Check it out!
I hope you get as much use out of these as I already have.  I even made an owl board for my kindergarten cutie to practice her word wall words and number recognition at home.  She is fired up to do homework! Oh my...giggles!!

(Graphics credit...digicute, springhill graphics, jd digi designs, peach pops clipart, pixel papers, kevin and amanda fonts)


  1. I'm a new follower! Can't wait to look around! :)

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  2. I love these gameboards! Thank you so much for sharing these. I am your newest follower! I would love for you to come follow me! I have TONS of *freebies* you can grab!

  3. Hi! I found your blog through pinterest. I'm a little confused. Hoe exactly do they use the game boards? How do they play with a blank board?

  4. Hi Erin. I'm so glad that you stopped by! As mentioned above, my students use their own individualized word rings. They actually use their word rings for all of their work on words activities. Here's how it works. We have a parent come in every other Friday and test students on both word wall words and the Fry's List. Any word that a student cannot read on sight is added to their word ring. They keep about 15-20 words on their rings. To play, both students take out their word rings (picture above). The first player rolls and moves the appropriate number of spaces. They flip to the next card on their word ring. If they can read the word (partner checks) they can stay on their space. If the word is read incorrectly or they struggle, they go back to the previous space. The second player rolls and uses words from their own stack. Another option is to laminate the gameboards and use a dry erase to write whatever skill you'd like them to practice/play. Long vowels, vocabulary, and even math facts are a few of the activities I've used dry erase and the gameboards to practice. That way they can just be cleaned and re-used. I hope that this is helpful. Just let me know if you need any more information! We have so much fun with these!

  5. These are great, Marisa! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm going to try it with my second graders.

  7. I'm a new follower, I teach a group of students with Multiple Disabilities in grades 3-5. I have recently read the Daily 5 and plan to implement it next school year. I am loving all your ideas for word work. I sure hope my kiddos do well with Daily 5, and become more independent learners.

  8. I will be teaching 1st grade next year after teaching 3rd grade for six years. I am currently reading the Daily 5 and plan on implementing it next year. Your site is great. Thank you.

  9. Found you through pinterest! Love your ideas! I will add these to my wishlist for the start of the year.

    Your newest follower,

  10. Love the game boards! thanks for sharing a freebie! :)

  11. LOVE these.

    I'm just about to start teaching 2nd (taught 6th last year), so I'm still trying to get things in order and understanding them.

    I see you have your games (super cute, btw!), but you also have some instructions. Do you mind explaining waht the instructions are or how you use it specifically for review??

  12. I was wondering the same thing as Sarah... how would you use these? If they can read the word they move a space? Anything else? Thanks!!!