Friday, January 10, 2014

KABOOM! The Game that Every Classroom Needs


Hey Ya'll! Happy Friday! I'm popping in to share with you my kids favorite game/center this year! This is a MUST HAVE for your classroom. Its called KABOOM!!! Catchy right?!? If you don't have any spare popsicle sticks on hand, your going to want to run to the store and get some right after reading this. 

KABOOM! is a fun, engaging game that is a classroom MUST HAVE! It can be used for all subject areas, easily differentiated, and your kids will beg you to play.
Catchy right?!? It is so simple and be used for so many topics/subjects. I have sets made for doubles/doubles +1 facts, math facts to 10, math facts to 20, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade sight words, and a place value set. You can click here to see how I use Kaboom for vocabulary! You could easily play this with contractions, compound words, prefixes and suffixes, etc...the possibilities are endless! 

I currently have my 1st and 2nd grade sight words out right now. Here's an example.

KABOOM! is a fun, engaging game that is a classroom MUST HAVE! It can be used for all subject areas, easily differentiated, and your kids will beg you to play.

Here is what you need:

popsicle sticks (LOTS of them!)
permanent markers
cups

With a permanent marker, color the tip of the popsicle stick. This is to show the kids that this end needs to stick up out of the cup. Simply write your sight words, math facts or anything else on the sticks. Place them in a cup and your ready to go. When I make different sets, I use a different color for each one so they do not get mixed up. I add 5-10 KABOOM sticks per cup depending on the topic. 

KABOOM! is a fun, engaging game that is a classroom MUST HAVE! It can be used for all subject areas, easily differentiated, and your kids will beg you to play.

How to play:
Place all of the sticks in the cup with the colored end sticking up. Have a group of students play rock, paper, scissors to see who goes first. The first child draws a stick. If they can read the sight word then they get to keep the stick. If they miss the word they have to put it back in the cup.  You can easily differentiate this by having them use the word in as sentence correctly. If they draw a KABOOM stick, they have to put all of their sticks back into the cup! This is a BIG DEAL ya'll!
Simple! Easy! Fun! 

My kids always asked to play this during free time. They LOVE it and that makes me happy! 

KABOOM! is a fun, engaging game that is a classroom MUST HAVE! It can be used for all subject areas, easily differentiated, and your kids will beg you to play.

KABOOM! is a fun, engaging game that is a classroom MUST HAVE! It can be used for all subject areas, easily differentiated, and your kids will beg you to play.

I let them play today. When I said stop, one of my kids drew the KABOOM stick and had to put all their sticks back into the cup. They would have won the game if they didn't draw that last stick. Sad times! LOL 

 Have a good weekend everyone! 



19 comments:

  1. I like like like this idea! There are many things you could put on these sticks, spelling words, math facts, vocabulary, etc! Thanks for sharing.
    Patty
    2ndinline.blogspot.com

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    1. I love the idea for vocab and spelling! The possibilities are endless!

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  2. Wonderful idea!! Thanks for another quick review game that I can use in my classroom

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  3. Add this twist with spelling words: Student A picks and puts on forehead. Student B reads the word. Student A must spell the word. Added benefit: Student B must follow along the word as Student A is spelling to know if A is correct. Both get valuable practice.

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  4. This reminds me of a game with homemade cards that we used to play, called 'Bang!" With that word written on about 4-5 cards. Yes, the kids loved it! We got into more requirements for spending more time on writing, so I quit doing this fun game, but I need to make time for it again. We did it as a whole class (resource) with the kids lined up for their turn as they watched. They said the word then went to the back of the line. If they were right they kept the card, and if it was wrong the next person in line had a chance to say it. They gave back all their cards with the bang card.

    I love the idea of using it fir more than sight words.

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  5. This reminds me of a game with homemade cards that we used to play, called 'Bang!" With that word written on about 4-5 cards. Yes, the kids loved it! We got into more requirements for spending more time on writing, so I quit doing this fun game, but I need to make time for it again. We did it as a whole class (resource) with the kids lined up for their turn as they watched. They said the word then went to the back of the line. If they were right they kept the card, and if it was wrong the next person in line had a chance to say it. They gave back all their cards with the bang card.

    I love the idea of using it fir more than sight words.

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    1. I love the idea of using it as a whole class activity! What a great way to get the kids up and moving. We've played "bang" too. I do a similar version to it called "Slap Attack". It's so fun!

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  6. Awesome idea love, love ,love

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  7. Love this. Will use it for sight words. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Omg!!!! I love this...I will definitely use this year.

    Thanks

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  9. Omg!!!! I love this...I will definitely use this year.

    Thanks

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  10. Only one student pick the stick with "kaboom" on it, do all of them put the sticks back in the tub or only that one student puts the stick back?

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    1. Only the student who draws the kaboom stick puts them back in the cup?

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  11. great game! what would you say the ratio is of Kaboom sticks to regular words? thanks :)

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    1. It just depends on how many words you have in each cup. I normally do anywhere from 5-10.

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  12. This is a great idea. I love to try new things in my classroom. I hate to use paper and pencil all the time for review. This is going to be a very interactive game for my kiddos!

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