Yesterday I probably played a total of an hour and 15 minutes between my two classes playing Pictionary. What a great way to prepare for the exam and so easy for me. Both 2nd and 3rd grade loved it.
I could make teams without having to have the students actually move their desks. Simply divide the class in 2 with one half and the other half. I had barely any complaining about who the kids had to team up with.
Thankfully simple machines and machines in general are quite drawable and thus work well for pictionary. Levers, wedges, and wheels all can be drawn even by me. Phones and refrigerators are not prove too difficult. Bicycles and hammers are trickier, not to mention drawing an airplane and not a shark, but overall I've managed to get them to recognize my drawings. Then when the students draw, its even better (both in terms of them learning and the fact that a bunch of them draw better than me.
Overall a very successful Friday. I even managed to involve a student who was sent to the principal's at the beginning of class, which I have really struggled with. Once I lose him he's usually lost for good. Now if only all my subjects were so easily drawn, but drawing a liver, gallbladder, stomach, and kidney just does not work as well.